Customs cooperation between China and Central Asia countries focuses on the following areas: coordinating and streamlining Customs procedures, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) development, risk management, post audit-based control, cross-Customs transit system management and joint Customs control.
Keeping in mind the goal of promoting regional economic development and coordinating and reducing cross-regional Customs formalities, the heads of national Customs administrations discussed the issue of pilot cooperation in joint Customs control across border, during the fourth meeting of Customs Cooperation Committee (CCC) of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) held in September, 2005. As two results of the meeting, China and Kazakhstan agreed to carry out the pilot project of joint Customs control across border, while China and Mongolia exchanged views on the feasibility of the pilot program between two Customs.
In recent years, thanks to the efforts made by both China and Kazakhstan Customs, big headways have been made in the pilot project with the phase 1 program being well under progress. As for China-Mongolia Customs cooperation, a platform and an expert consultative mechanism have been established specially for the pilot program, laying solid foundation for the pragmatic cooperation in the future.