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Kazakhstan intends to strengthen control on border with Kyrgyzstan

Kazakhstan intends to strengthen control on the border with Kyrgyzstan, Kazinform reported.

According to it, the deputy chairman of the State Revenue Committee of the Ministry of Finance of Kazakhstan, Gosman Amrin, called conditions under which the situation on the Kazakh-Kyrgyz border could be resolved.

According to him, the problem arose because the large volume of goods flows with violation of customs, tax, phytosanitary and transport legislation. «This is an obvious thing, which is not confirmed by Kazakhstan, but by special monitoring of the Eurasian Economic Commission. It is about consumer goods or tax-intensive goods, from which a very high customs duty is withdrawn,» the report said.

«There is a problem, and it is recognized. Now the question is: how to solve it? I see one solution. It’s a collaboration. Unfortunately, if there is no joint work, Kazakhstan is forced to unilaterally carry out control measures. During the last visit of the governmental delegation of Kyrgyzstan, we continued the same format of action. The first is to establish uniform cost indicators, so that the goods in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan are at the same price, for which the same customs duties could be paid. Then there are no violations,» Gosman Amrin said.

Secondly, in order not to have insinuations about the abuse of the situation, the Kazakh customs officials suggested the Kyrgyz side to conduct joint control. «Come to us and stand on our border, which has never happened. In return, let us also go and stand at your border. The answer, unfortunately, was not positive. They said that under their legislation, the Kazakh customs service can’t enter their posts. We said: well, come yourself and fulfill joint control with us,» the deputy chairman of the committee said.

Thirdly, Kazakhstan offered an information exchange. «You give us information on what goods at a price come to Kyrgyzstan from Kazakhstan. We did it. Last week, we officially transmitted information. We have not received the information from them yet, we are waiting. Unfortunately, these activities were laid down in the roadmap to address problems related to violations. The road map hasn’t yet been signed, no one has arrived yet. From our side, we gave everything we wanted, and now we are waiting for the reaction from the Kyrgyz colleagues,» he stressed.

Gosman Amrin assured that relations between Kazakh and Kyrgyz customs officers are quite professional.

We are trying to convince that the only solution is to work together. This will remove any insinuations, increase transparency. If they refuse, don’t give us information, will not work with us, we will be forced to strengthen control in order to prevent the flow of goods, violation of legislation.

Gosman Amrin

Recall, since October 10, Kazakhstan has strengthened control on the sections of the Kazakh-Kyrgyz and Kazakh-Russian border. At the checkpoint, there are queues of heavy trucks moving to Kazakhstan.

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