The Russian-Chinese “Green Corridor” will simplify the movement of goods

The Federal Customs Service is implementing a joint Russian-Chinese project to simplify the movement of goods “Green Corridor”, which consists in the information interaction of exporters, importers and customs services of Russia and China. The project is implemented by the customs services of the two countries in a bilateral format and on a parity basis.

Russian and Chinese companies that have entered into an agreement for the supply of goods can participate in the Green Corridor project. The lists of exporters and importers are agreed in advance by the customs services of the two countries as part of the information exchange.

Green Corridor Work Scheme: A Chinese exporter sends information on exported supplies to the PRC Customs. After conducting customs control, the PRC customs authority assigns a unique identification number to the consignment – UCR. The Chinese exporter sends the UCR in advance, firstly, to the carrier, who must transfer it at the checkpoint to an official of the customs body of the Russian Federation, and secondly, to the declarant to indicate UCR in the goods declaration. When declaring a consignment with the UCR, the Russian customs authority verifies the information received from the Chinese customs service with the information stated in the goods declaration.

In case of correspondence of the indicated information, simplifications provided by the Green Corridor project are provided.

Minsk and Moscow to prepare 28 integration roadmaps — Belarusian PM

Russia and Belarus will prepare 28 roadmaps in line with the program of integration deepening within the Union State framework, Prime Minister of Belarus Sergei Rumas said on Friday.

“The concept implying implementation of the ‘two countries — single market’ principle underlies the action program. About 28 roadmaps will be developed under this program. They should be prepared by November 1,” Rumas said, cited by BelTA news agency.

Roadmaps will stipulate a list of measures for the creation of common markets in economic sectors, the Prime Minister said. “This program means in the first instance equal conditions, not merely for energy resources but also for the tax burden, and equal regulatory requirements to business companies,” Rumas added.

Russian official describes Iran as special trade partner for Russia

The deputy provincial governor of Russian southern province of Saratov says that Iran is a special economic partner for Russia, adding developing economic, cultural and political relations with Tehran is on the agenda of his province.

Alexey Vladimovich, deputy provincial governor of Russian Saratov province, made the comments in a meeting with the provincial governor of Golestan province in northern Iran on Saturday.

He said that agricultural products have been exported from Saratov province to Iran.

The Russian official described his province as one of the major agriculture hubs in Russia which plays a significant role in Russia’s agriculture industry.

He went on to describe Iran as a special economic partner for Russia, adding that Iran-Russia bilateral relations are the highest level now and the leaders of the two countries have joined efforts to increase economic, cultural and political relations.

Vladimovich further noted that there are good grounds for developing tourism industry and scientific cooperation between Iran and Russia, adding that the authorities in Saratov are seeking to increase cooperation with Iran and Golestan province. He also said that Russian side is trying to increase the volume of joint production and bilateral exports.

Source: TACC

Russia has restricted the import of ozone-depleting substances

The government has introduced a temporary restriction on the import of ozone-depleting substances into Russia. The decision on the government’s website says that the restriction will be in effect from September 7 to December 31.

“The purpose of the restrictions introduced is to ensure the protection of the ozone layer of the atmosphere and the fulfillment of Russia’s obligations under the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer,” the document says.

The certificate of the decision explains that the amounts of ODS that are allowed for import into Russia this year are “distributed among the applicants, taking into account the law enforcement practice of previous years”. The document also contains a list of ODS for which a restriction is established.

Recall last year it became known about the reduction of the ozone hole. Scientists called it the most successful example of dealing with the global environmental problem.


SCO head urges Caspian countries to cooperate in transport infrastructure development

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and “Caspian Five” countries (Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan) need to intensify cooperation in the sphere of transport infrastructure construction, particularly railways, SCO Secretary General Vladimir Norov said on the sidelines of the first Caspian Economic Forum, cited by the SCO website.

“Considering the proactive growth of e-commerce at the regional and global level, the need for accelerated delivery of goods to consumers, primarily by the railway transport, grows by many times,” Norov said.

“SCO members and countries of the Caspian Basin need to solve a range of existing issues in such environment in order to boost railway traffic,” he added. “First of all, construction of the Uzbekistan-Kyrgyzstan-China railway should be accelerated,” Norov said. “This railway can become an important link in the SCO transportation chain over time,” he noted.

“It is important to engage Afghanistan in the process of forming regional transport arteries,” he continued. “This will serve as one more factor for stabilization of the situation in this country,” Norov noted.

“Joint efforts should be concurrently focused on development of the infrastructure of logistical centers connecting different kinds of transport, upgrade of existing networks and transportation assets, and acceleration of processes of harmonization and unification of transport standards and phytosanitary rules,” the official said.

Russia to take part in China’s innovation week on Hainan

Russia to participate in the All-China innovation week on August 16-18. The Week of Ideas will be held at the Haikou International Exhibition Center.

Fourteen more countries in addition to Russia have confirmed their participation: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, China, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Laos, Myanmar, Tajikistan and Japan. Representatives of these countries will take part in the forum, speak at the conference, present their projects at the innovative expo. One of the event’s tasks is to attract promising young specialists, which is why more than 700 best students will come to Hainan to participate in the forum.

“The main goal of the event is to turn Hainan into an innovative platform focused on the outside world and representing the interests of China on the whole, to use the results of innovative projects throughout the country to develop a free trade zone and port on the island,” the organizers noted.

An important part of the upcoming forum will contain an exhibition of innovative tourism products, where on ​​8,000 square meters 10 countries, including Russia, will present their work. The Chinese regions will represent more than 150 companies and individual projects that are going to coordinate with their foreign colleagues in a special section.

Since 2010, the Chinese Innovation Week has been regularly held by the Chinese Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT). Since 2013, Hainan has become the official venue for this comprehensive event serving the promotion of China’s leading national brands.

Russia and China to reach $200 bln worth of trade turnover by 2024, says ambassador

Moscow and Beijing have set the target of boosting trade turnover to $200 bln by 2024, China’s new Ambassador to Russia Zhang Hanhui told reporters on Wednesday.

“We have already set another target of reaching $200 bln worth of trade turnover by 2024. I believe that goal may be accomplished as from now on the (Russian-Chinese) trade and economic cooperation will be expanding even more rapidly,” he said.

“The whole potential has been revealed. Almost all barriers hindering the development of trade and economic cooperation have been removed. Certain problems that do exist will be resolved,” the diplomat added.

According to the figures provided by China’s General Administration of Customs, trade turnover between Russia and China increased by 4.7% in January-July period of 2019 year-on-year to $61.13 bln.

The growth trend emerged in 2016 when Russia-China trade turnover gained 2.2% in annual terms to $69.52 bln. In 2017, it surged by 20.8% year-on-year to $84.07 bln, while in 2018 it added 27.1% to over $107 bln.

Source: TASS

Turkmenistan establishing business ties with Astrakhan region

A meeting of the Turkmen-Astrakhan Council on Entrepreneurship was held in Turkmenbashi city, Trend reports on Aug. 12 referring to a source involved in the talks.

This structure was established upon the decision of the Turkmen-Russian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation. The corresponding documents are planned to be signed with the Turkmen side.

Earlier it was reported that Astrakhan was interested in Turkmenistan’s transit capabilities for the transportation of the Russian goods, in particular to the Central Asia and Afghanistan.

In turn, the Astrakhan region offers energy equipment for developing the Turkmen energy system, ships and fishing equipment.

Turkmenistan is ready to increase export of building materials to Astrakhan, in particular, cement, petrochemical products, agricultural products and light industry products.

Moreover, Turkmenistan is interested in expanding ferry services in the Caspian Sea. According to the experts, a direct railway-ferry service between the Russian Olya port near Astrakhan and Makhachkala port and Turkmenbashi port could ensure an increase in cargo flows from Turkmenistan to Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus.

The parties are discussing the launch of flights among Astrakhan, Turkmenbashi and Ashgabat.

Earlier, the interest was expressed in opening a wholesale and logistics center in the Astrakhan region to promote the Turkmen goods in the Russian market.

Russian company talks supplies of equipment to Uzbek plant

Uzbekistan will receive high-quality equipment with a high degree of reliability at a competitive price, a representative of the Russian OJSC Volgogradneftemash told Trend in an interview.

Recently, Trend reported that Volgogradneftemash will supply equipment for an air separation unit to one of the processing plants in Uzbekistan.

“We will deliver three oxygen receivers with a diameter of 3 m, a length of 22 m and a total weight of almost 400 tons that will operate under high pressure to the Uzbek plant,” the representative said.

He added that the wall thickness of the enclosures of the apparatus is 70 mm. The equipment is made of domestic steel in accordance with the requirements of Russian standards and technical regulations of the Customs Union.

“In accordance with the contract, we can’t say which of the factories of Uzbekistan will receive our company’s products,” the representative stated.

Volgogradneftemash OJSC is the largest Russian manufacturer of technological equipment for the gas, oil and petrochemical industries.

The main types of products are reactors, coke oven chambers, columns, separators, tanks, shell-and-tube heat exchangers, oil pumps, devices for starting and receiving chambers for cleaning and diagnostic tools and pipeline fittings.

Almost all gas producing, gas transporting and oil and gas processing enterprises of Russia and the CIS countries are equipped with the equipment manufactured by OJSC Volgogradneftemash.

Russia’s Tyumen entrepreneurs eye to establish partnership in Azerbaijan

Businessmen from Russia’s Tyumen city, who will be in Baku from August 11-16, intend to establish ties with potential partners from Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to Russian media outlets.

The visit is organized by Export Support Center of the Tyumen region and will include business meetings and negotiations. Businessmen also are expected to visit the enterprises of importers in Baku.

According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Tyumen Region, representatives of companies such as Tyumen-Pribor LLC, Tyumen Machine-Building Plant (production of driven clutch disks for domestic and foreign freight and passenger vehicles), Zhizn company (peat and sapropel production) and SIBNA company (the latest technologies in the field of commercial accounting of energy resources) will participate in the negotiations.

“Azerbaijan is of interest to the company, but before it had no cooperation with this region,” Deputy Director General of Tyumen-Pribor LLC Yulia Medvedeva said.

“Our company has been working in the field of oil and gas services for 17 years, rendering a full range of services in the industrial automation of oil, gas, energy and other facilities,” she added.

“We have already chosen a number of Azerbaijani enterprises with which it is advisable to discuss the cooperation prospects. First of all, we focus on the cooperation in oil and gas industry,” said Medvedeva.