By Ayya Lmahamad
Azerbaijan pays special attention to the application of international transit procedures for facilitating trade, State Customs Committee Deputy Chairman Javad Gasimov said during a meeting for the Convention of International Freight Transport.
Addressing the meeting, Gasimov noted that the globalization of economic processes, the emergence of new forms of trade relations, and the rapid growth of import and export operations further increase the importance of international freight transport operating according to modern principles and methods.
The deputy chairman emphasized that Azerbaijan made an important contribution to the implementation of regional communication projects, such as East-West, North-South and North-West international transport corridors.
Moreover, Gasimov noted that one of the main results of the Second Karabakh War was an agreement on opening all communications in the region, providing a transit corridor that will connect Azerbaijan’s exclave the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic with the country's western regions.
“One of the main prospects for Azerbaijan, located at the intersection of international transport and communication corridors, is the active use of the international freight transport system on new transport routes to be opened in the region,” the deputy chairman added.
Furthermore, he stated that the State Customs Committee, which is the authorized body for the application of the convention on international freight transport in Azerbaijan, regularly takes measures to effectively ensure the rights and obligations, procedural requirements set by the convention.
The meeting was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the International Road Transport Union in connection with the enactment of the 11th appendix to the Convention on International Goods Transport.
Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee was represented at the event by the deputy chairman of the committee Javad Gasimov.
Additionally, participants of the meeting discussed the importance of the document, the national implementation process and its contribution to economic development.
The meeting was attended by the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe Olga Algayerova, Secretary-General of the International Road Transport Union Umberto de Pretto, representatives of the customs services of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Iran, Georgia and Moldova and representatives of relevant international structures.
It should be noted that Appendix 11 is a legal document for the digitalization of the transit procedure regulated by the Customs Convention on International Freight Carriage using the directory.
This document will allow the member states to increase the efficiency of transportation, intensively develop this area, improve international transport hubs and routes, optimize border control of goods, develop the transport and logistics system, facilitate and ensure the safety of these processes.
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