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THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BELARUS AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ESTONIA ON THE COOPERATION AND MUTUAL AID IN CUSTOMS AFFAIRS

The government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Republic of Estonia which are hereinafter referred to as with the Parties

proceeding from the fact that violations of the customs legislation cause damage to economic and social interests of their countries, and also legitimate interests of trade

in view of that illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances constitutes health hazard of citizens and society,

considering importance of ensuring exact calculation of the customs duties, taxes and other payments levied during the importing or commodity export and also proper accomplishment of conditions of prohibition, restriction and control,

considering that efforts on prevention of violations of the customs legislation and on ensuring the correct collection of customs duties and taxes can become more effective thanks to cooperation between their Customs Services,

in view of the Recommendation of Customs Cooperation Council of mutual administrative assistance of December 5, 1953, and also regulations of the Convention of the United Nations on fight against illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances of December 20, 1988,

agreed as follows:

Article 1 Determination of Terms

The terms used in this agreement mean:

a) "customs legislation" - set of regulatory legal acts which execution is provided with Customs Services, the concerning import, export and transit of goods, and also instruments of payment or collection of customs payments or measures for prohibition, restriction or control of import and commodity export;

b) "violation" - any violation or attempt of violation of the customs legislation;

c) "person" - physical person or legal entity;

d) "drugs" - the substances included in lists of the Single Convention of the United Nations on drugs of March 30, 1961;

e) "psychotropic substances" - the substances included in lists of the Convention of the United Nations on psychotropic substances of February 21, 1971;

e) "controlled delivery" - method by which import, export or transit across the territory of the state of the Party of the illegal or suspected of their illegality batches of drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors for the purpose of identification of persons involved in their illicit trafficking, and also others illegally the moved goods, objects and substances, from permission and under control of competent authorities of the Parties is allowed;

g) "Customs Services":

in the Republic of Belarus - the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Belarus;

in the Republic of Estonia - Customs department of the Republic of Estonia.

Article 2 Agreement Coverage

1. The parties through Customs Services of the states in accordance with the terms hereof:

a) take measures for simplification and acceleration of passenger and freight traffic;

b) render each other mutual assistance in prevention and investigation of violations of the customs legislation;

c) on demand render each other mutual assistance in provision of information for use for the purpose of application and observance of the customs legislation;

d) take relief measures each other in the field of research, development and testing of new customs procedures, personnel training, exchange of specialists, and also on other questions which can demand their collateral actions;

e) aim at harmonization and unification of customs procedures, at enhancement of the customs equipment, and also at the solution of the questions connected using and observance of customs rules.

2. Assistance which is provided in subitems "b" and "v" of Item 1 of this Article can be rendered for the purpose of use in any legal, administrative or other proceedings.

3. Assistance within this agreement is performed according to the legislation existing in the territory of the state of required Customs Service and within its competence and opportunities.

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