Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan Sign Accord on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Affairs

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Nourlaw.com-Tehran- 3 January 2017- Iranian legislators on 3 Dey 1305 (21 December 2016) passed the Law of Agreement Between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan for Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Affairs, the text of which was published today in the Official Gazette.
According to the preface of this 26-article agreement, “The Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan which are called hereinafter the Parties, with due consideration of the importance of having confidence in accurate evaluation of customs duties and other levies and for being assured of proper execution of the measures relating to prohibition, restrictions and controlling of special goods by their customs; and realizing that violation of customs laws shall damage their security and economic, business, financial, social, cultural interests and public health; and understanding the necessity of international cooperation in the areas of the subjects pertaining to implementation of their customs laws ; and understanding that taking effective actions against customs violations would be possible through close cooperation of their customs in accordance with the mutually agreed regulations; and in compliance with the recommendations of the Customs Cooperation Council” have signed the agreement.
The customs accord between Iran and Azerbaijan contains the following subjects: Definitions; Scope of Applicability; Information for Application and Implementation of Customs Laws; Information for Evaluation of Customs Payments; Information Related to Customs Violations; Prior Exchange of Information; Prompt Assistance; Notifications; Supervision and Information; Controlled Delivery of Goods; Experts and Witnesses; Correspondence Respecting the Requests; Methods of Gaining Information; Presence of Officers in the Territory of the Other Party; Utilization of the Information; Confidentiality and Protecting the Information; Exemptions; Costs; Implementation and Application of the Agreement; Territorial Administration of the Agreement; Additions and Amendments; Other International Obligations; Settlement of Disputes; Enforcement, Duration and Termination.