On September 4, under the witness of BRICS leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, the GACC Head and the customs heads and representatives of other BRICS countries signed the BRICS Strategic Framework for Customs Cooperation. Under this framework, “mutual exchange of information, mutual recognition of supervision and mutual assistance in law enforcement” are adopted as the principles of customs cooperation among BRICS countries. The priorities of cooperation between BRICS countries cover such fields as trade facilitation, security and law enforcement, emerging matters, capacity building and position coordination within the multilateral frameworks.

On Security and law enforcement, the Strategic Framework states that the customs in BRICS will strengthen information exchanges, carry out joint enforcement actions in the fields of common concern, intensify law-enforcement cooperation between BRICS customs and international organizations as well as with other stakeholders, and deepen cooperation on risk control.

In recent years, the Chinese customs have actively cooperated with their counterparts in other BRICS countries. At the1st meeting of the heads of BRICS Customs Administration held in 2013 in South Africa, the Achievement Document of Meeting of the Heads of BRICS Customs Administration proposed by GACC was agreed upon to officially establish the mechanism of BRICS customs cooperation, such as the meeting of heads of BRICS customs administration and the working group meeting. The Document also proposes to hold the meetings at the administration level under the WIPO and other multilateral frameworks and to exchange views on major multi lateral issues. In 2016, the leaders of five BRICS countries signed the Provision on the BRICS Customs Cooperation Committee as their first outcome of customs cooperation born under the highest cooperation mechanism of BRICS during their meeting in Goa, India. The BRICS Customs Cooperation Committee was established as well.

Related Articles: