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Meeting of ASEM Customs Directors-General in Berlin Berlin Declaration adopted (FOTO)






 


The 12th meeting of ASEM Customs Directors-General took place in
Berlin on 16-17 October 2017. The meeting brought together the
Customs Directors-General from the European and Asian member states
of ASEM along with representatives from the European Commission. The
World Customs Organization also attended as an observer. Today the
delegations adopted the Berlin Declaration, a joint statement that
sets out future targets and actions for customs cooperation among
ASEM members. The meeting of ASEM Customs Directors-General was held
in the historic Erzberger Hall at the Federal Ministry of Finance and
chaired by Uwe Schröder, Director of Germany““s Central Customs
Authority. Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Meister opened the
meeting. Representatives from 45 European and Asian member states
engaged in joint discussions with the European Commission and the
World Customs Organization, focusing in particular on specific
measures to facilitate trade, safeguard supply chains, combat piracy
and counterfeiting, and promote environmental and consumer
protection. Commenting on the meeting, Mr Schröder stated: „The
meetings of ASEM Customs Directors-General are of great importance.
Customs authorities in both Asia and Europe face the same challenges
in connection with processes of globalisation: How can we facilitate
and expedite the movement of goods while simultaneously ensuring
safety and security for businesses and private citizens? We held
in-depth discussions on these issues, and the Berlin Declaration now
gives us plenty of homework to do in the coming two years.“ The talks
resulted in the Berlin Declaration, which outlines the targets and
priorities of European-Asian cooperation and, in particular, sets out
a specific plan of action for 2018 and 2019. Key actions for the
coming two years will focus on a customs trade facilitation action
plan, paperless cargo processes, cross-border e-commerce trade lanes,
border enforcement in connection with international postal items. The
opening speeches of the Parliamentary State Secretary Dr. Meister and
of the Director General of Germany““s Central Customs Authority will
are available in video format on www.zoll.de .

Further information:

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an international forum
established in 1996 to foster dialogue and cooperation. Today ASEM
encompasses 53 members. ASEM focuses on a variety of policy fields.
In the area of customs, participating countries work on the
alignment, streamlining and harmonisation of customs procedures. They
also coordinate strategies to combat illegal activity, including
terrorist activity. ASEM Customs Directors-General gather for joint
talks every two years, and the meetings rotate between Asia and
Europe. The previous meeting took place in Goa, India, in autumn
2015. The Goa Declaration specified a number of European-Asian
projects to be carried out in 2016 and 2017 as part of the ASEM
action plan on customs matters. In 2015, Germany offered to host the
12th meeting of ASEM Countries in October 2017.

Pressekontakt:
Generalzolldirektion
Pressestelle
Stefan Kirsch
Telefon: 0228 303 11611
Pressestelle.GZD@zoll.bund.de

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