Kazakh, Chinese customs authorities develop strategic plan
`Both customs authorities intend developing a strategic plan of cooperation for the period of 2014-2018. The purpose of the new document lies in the creation of conditions for the development of legitimate trade. This issue was discussed during the meeting of the heads of both customs administrations, Mazhit Esenbaev and Yu Guangzhou`, the report said.
According to the report, during the meeting the sides discussed issues related to improving the exchange of information on the total volume of export-import operations between Kazakhstan and China.
`In order to identify the reasons for a mismatch of statistics, it has been decided to start a detailed exchange of information on five product groups for which there is the greatest divergence. Results of the analysis will be reported to the heads of the customs authorities of the parties in October this year`, the report says.
In addition, an agreement was reached during the visit on the implementation of the project for the creation of a `green corridor` for agricultural products between the checkpoints of Bakhty (Kazakhstan) and Pokitu (PRC) starting October 2013.
This project will increase the scale of trade. It means the Chinese side takes responsibility for the quality of their products, according to the report.
The parties also noted the successful start of operating the new railway border crossing at Altynkol-Horgos and expressed a willingness to further improve its infrastructure.
`The meeting also coordinated a technological scheme for the organisation and conducting of customs clearance and control of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe international rail transit route which will contribute to the development of container transport and transit potential in general`, the report said.