Eu-China Customs Cooperation And Mutual Administrative Assistance Agreement

The strategic framework establishes a framework for cooperation enabling the development of action plans by steering groups set up within the framework of the Joint Customs Cooperation Committee (JCC) and which monitor the proper functioning of the Agreement. The agreements also contain a chapter on mutual assistance in customs matters, which specifies the circumstances and the way in which customs authorities may exchange data relating to infringements of customs legislation and fraud. The rules must be strictly enforced. In addition, it is necessary to apply data protection rules and preserve the confidentiality of information. The agreement signed in 2017 also establishes important cooperation on the issues of e-commerce, an emerging part of the industry that has grown sharply in terms of value and market share. The text of the Agreement is available in Official Journal L 151/21 of 18 June 1999. The European Union also has partnership and cooperation agreements with a number of countries, including Russia and Ukraine, which cover customs cooperation and include a protocol on mutual assistance. In the context of free trade agreements, the EU and its trading partners pay particular attention to the enforcement of intellectual property rights at the border. In the common interest of both Parties, the enforcement of intellectual property rights by their respective customs authorities is strengthened beyond TRIPS standards (see below) and sets the basis for cooperation between them.

The Parties shall also ensure that customs measures in this area are consistent with their obligations under WTO law. It provides for an effective mechanism for communication and cooperation between the customs authorities of the EU and China. It enables them to support each other in ensuring the proper application of customs legislation and in preventing, investigating and combating infringements. The CCMAA, which entered into force on 1 June 1999, was the territory`s first binding customs cooperation agreement after its cession to the People`s Republic of China in 1997.What the CCMAA covers For more information on free trade agreements and cooperation with third countries and other organisations, see International Affairs. Security cooperation between EU and third countries The European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Mr. Pierre Moscovici and Chinese Customs Minister Yu Guangzhou signed a Strategic Framework for Customs Cooperation for the period 2018-2020, which sets out the priorities and objectives of EU-China customs cooperation for the coming years. They shall also provide for the possibility of exchanging information on the technical assistance provided to third countries in order to improve those measures. .

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