14:38 May. 23, 2016
The deal facilitates further development of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine
On May 23, Ukraine and the United States signed the Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement which provides for cooperation between Ukraine's Fiscal State Service and the U.S. Customs and Border Service to curb illegal actions that harm economic interests of both countries.
The document was signed in Kyiv by Roman Nasirov, Ukraine's Fiscal State Service Chairman and U.S. Customs and Border Protection R. Gil Kerlikowske.
"For 25 years of our independence, our system of customs authorities did not undergo any structural changes, the whole system is corruption-ridden. We are absolutely committed to restoring an order in the Ukrainian Customs and look forward to your support and help," said Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, who attended the signing ceremony.
In his turn, Kerlikowske said the agreement is the basis for further development of trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and the U.S.
"This agreement creates a necessary legal framework for exchanging information in order to assist our countries in adopting laws that pertain to customs regulations. This agreement gives us an opportunity to share best practices in this area and deepen our bilateral ties", said the Commissioner.
Earlier, Ukraine's Ministry of Finance stated that the agreement seeks to establish bilateral cooperation between Ukraine's and the U.S. customs administrations as well as provide mutual administrative assistance to prevent and suppress unlawful acts.
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Ukraine has already signed similar agreements with Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Earlier, the U.S. government announced its readiness to allocate USD 4 million for a two-year project on reforming the Ukrainian customs.