Belarus accedes to WCO Kyoto Convention


Belarus has acceded to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures (revised Kyoto Convention) of the World Customs Organization, announced the press service of the State Customs Committee.

“On 10 January 2010 the Mission of the Republic of Belarus to the European Union has deposited Belarus’ instrument of accession to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures with the World Customs Organization. Belarus has become the 72nd Contracting Party to the WCO Revised Kyoto Convention,” the press service said.

The International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonization of Customs Procedures was signed in Kyoto in 1973. The WCO Council adopted the revised Kyoto Convention in 1999. The document took effect on 3 February 2006 after 40 Contracting Parties conducted all necessary procedures of its ratification and accession.

The Kyoto Convention provides for the simplification, harmonization and modernization of customs procedures. This Convention contains modern customs formalities and procedures, harmonized customs documents for use in international trade and transport, and provides for the use of risk management techniques and the optimal use of information technology by customs administrations.

The Convention comes into force for Belarus on 10 April 2011.

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