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Representative of the FCS of Russia for the first time acted as Vice-Chair of the WCO Enforcement Committee

Published at: 8 April 2021 17:55

In March 2021 the Russian Customs delegation of officials of the Central Enforcement Department, Customs Risk Management Department, Russian Customs Representatives in Belgium and led by Mr. Oleg Bakanov, Deputy Head of Central Enforcement Department, took part in 41st session of the WCO Enforcement Committee (EC).

The meeting was conducted via videoconference due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The WCO EC sessions are held on an annual basis. During the meetings the most important issues of law enforcement cooperation between the customs services of the WCO Member-States are discussed, as well as the results are summed up in all the main areas of activity including the relevant WCO Working Groups. Joint documents are developed in the field of combating smuggling and customs offences.

At the 41st session of the WCO EC special attention was paid to the interaction between the customs services of the WCO Member-States and international organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Issues of counteracting the smuggling of drugs, cultural property, CITES objects, the illegal movement of tobacco products, money laundering and financing of terrorism as well as cybercrime were discussed.

The nomination of the representative of the Russian Federation for the post of Vice-Chair of the WCO EC was an important achievement for the Russian Customs Service. During the 41st session of the WCO EC Oleg Bakanov, the Deputy Head of the Central Enforcement Department was elected to this position.

The report of the 41st session of the WCO EC will be approved in June 2021 at the 138th session of the WCO Council.

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The WCO EC was established in 1983. It is a working body of the WCO and operates under the direction of the WCO Council and Political Commission with the administrative support of the WCO Secretariat.