: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukraine, U.S. to sign agreement on customs interaction


Ukrainian Finance Minister Oleksandr Danylyuk announces that Ukraine and the United States plan to sign an agreement on mutual assistance in the customs sphere on May 23 during Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske`s visit to Ukraine.
”I`ve just endorsed a draft agreement between the governments of Ukraine and the United States on mutual assistance between the two states` customs services. [On May 18] I will submit a draft resolution on the approval of the agreement to the Cabinet for consideration,” the minister wrote on Facebook.
Danylyuk also says the Ukrainian government intends to further deepen cooperation with international partners in the customs sphere, and recalled that relevant intergovernmental agreements have already been signed with Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
”What is more, an agreement with the United Arab Emirates is in the pipeline,” the minister added.
The upcoming signing of the Ukraine-U.S. agreement on customs interaction was earlier announced by the Embassy of Ukraine in the United States of America after a meeting of Ambassador of Ukraine to the United States Valeriy Chaly and U.S. Secretary of the Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Gil Kerlikowske and Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Mark Koumans.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the U.S. government announced it was ready to allocate $4 million for the reform of the Ukrainian customs service. The project is designed for two years.
The Ukrainian government decided last spring to engage foreign experts in the management of Ukraine`s customs service. On February 11, 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted a concept to hire international consulting companies for the reform of the Ukrainian customs service.

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