BEIJING, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- China and Russia agreed that the primary task for the customs cooperation is to actively regulate the customs clearance order, increase the custom supervision efficiency and fight smuggling and other illegal activities.
This was revealed in the joint communique of the 14th regular meetings between the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Within the framework of the committee of the regular meetings between the Chinese premier and Russian prime minister, both parties agreed to set up a sub-committee for the customs cooperation. The regulations of the sub-committee have been approved.
Chinese and Russian customs also signed the joint memorandum on regulating the customs clearance supervision order.
China and Russia agreed to launch as soon as possible the pilot project of the customs information exchange, carry out the cooperation in price information exchange and enhance law enforcement cooperation between the two customs.
Both sides planned to increase trade statistics cooperation and facilitate customs clearance procedure.
They are set to carry out a joint research ways to protect the legal rights of trade companies and boost bilateral trade.
Earlier on Tuesday, Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang called on two sides to jointly fight the practice of "gray custom clearance," which refers to the practice by some Russian clearance companies of bringing imported goods into the Russian market at a tax rate lower than regulated levels.
He stressed the importance to standardize customs supervision and guide enterprises and businesses to operate according to the law and take the healthy road of sustainable development.
During Xinhua's interview with Putin, he also cited the "gray custom clearance" as an example to emphasize the importance of the custom clearance order.
He said the illegal practice would make the government unable to supervise domestic industries and lead to bankruptcies and unemployment, which might cause more troubles to the society against the backdrop of the financial crisis.
Putin believed that some small problems would not impact the general strategic cooperation between the two countries.