The Law Sets Rules for Iran and Russia’s Mutual Administrative Cooperation in Customs Affairs

Back 3 January 2017- According to a 20-article agreement approved by the Iranian parliament on 2 Azar 1395 (22 November 2016), Iran and Russia have undertaken to cooperate in the customs affairs of the two countries. In the preface of the Law of Agreement between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Government of the Russian Federation for Mutual Administrative Cooperation and Assistance in Customs Affairs, which was published today in the Official Gazette, it is stated that, “The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Russian Federation which are called hereinafter the Parties, with due consideration of the importance in the confidence of accurate evaluation of customs duties, taxes and other levies and charges regarding import and export of goods; and for being assured of proper execution of the measures relating to prohibition, restrictions and controlling of import and export goods; and realizing that violation of customs laws of the Parties shall damage their security and cultural, social, commercial, financial and economic interests; and understanding the necessity of international cooperation in the areas of the subjects pertaining to implementation of customs laws of the countries of the Parties; and understanding that taking actions against customs violations could be possible through close cooperation of their customs; and in compliance with the recommendations of the Customs Cooperation Council” have concluded the agreement.
The customs accord between Iran and Russia contains the following subjects: Definitions; Scope of Applicability; Facilitation of Customs Formalities, Technical Assistance, Information Relating to Calculation of Customs Receivables, Information Exchange, Automatic Exchange of Information, Types of Assistance, Special Cases of Mutual Assistance, Controlled Delivery of Goods, Experts and Witnesses, Requests, Investigation, Conditions for Presences of Officers, Confidentiality of Information, Instances of Exception of Assistance Commitment, Costs, Territorial Implementation of the Agreement, Disputes and Claims, Enforcement and Termination of the Agreement.