A meeting with the Swiss Ambassador to Uzbekistan Olivier Chave was held at the State Customs Committee. According to the committee, official documents on Uzbekistan’s accession to the Global Trade Facilitation Program were signed at the meeting.
This program provides support for countries seeking assistance in aligning their trade practices with the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement. The program is funded by the Swiss Confederation.
During his visits to Uzbekistan in March and November 2019, the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuria offered to join the Global Trade Facilitation Program.
For information, in 2020, Uzbekistan joined the internationally recognized documents in the field of foreign trade - the Kyoto Convention on the simplification and harmonization of Customs procedures and the Istanbul Convention on Temporary Import.
Earlier, it was reported that the Uzbek government will develop a program to apply the preferences of the GSP + system, which will allow to export about 3,000 items to the EU market without customs duties and 3,200 types of products at reduced rates by June 1, 2021.
It is also planned to introduce 5,200 new standards in Uzbekistan, bring 1,723 national standards and 12 technical regulations in line with international requirements.