Taking stock of the EU-China cooperation in customs
On Monday the 25th of June 2012, Commissioner Algirdas Šemeta met Mr Yu Guangzhou, the Chinese Minister of Customs to take stock of EU-China cooperation in their field. "As we work ourselves out of the global economic crisis, international trade has come to play a key role. And customs performance is critical in managing and facilitating trade" said Commissioner Šemeta at the opening of the 6th meeting of the EU-China Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCCC).
"However, it must be clear: More trade should mean more legitimate trade. IPR enforcement, supply chain security and fraud prevention are part and parcel of our efforts to create a fair trading environment. Customs must stop the violators who distort competition and threaten public safety and security," - Commissioner Šemeta added.
At the same occasion, the 'Action Plan for Exchange of External Trade Data' was launched. EU-China trade has increased enormously in recent years. China is now the EU's 2nd trading partner and the EU's biggest source of imports by far. The EU is also China's biggest trading partner. It is therefore essential that the trade statistics are as accurate and complete as possible. The objective of this Action Plan is to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation on external trade statistics through inter alia regularly exchanging external trade data.
Moreover, economic operators will benefit from a further extension of the pilot project on "Smart and Secure Trade Lanes" to include the ports of Gdansk, Dalian and Tianjin. The pilot project tests end-to-end supply chain security and involves exchange of pre-arrival/departure security data from Customs to Customs, use of eSeals to secure end-to-end supply chains, minimising controls upon import via recognition of controls at export, application of minimum control standards, communication of control results, testing joint risk criteria and involving Authorised Economic Operators (AEOs).