From 16 to 20 May 2023, a meeting of experts of the customs services of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was held in Bukhara.
The meeting was aimed at comparing data on customs statistics of trade in goods between the two countries by the end of 2022, the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan reports.
During the meeting, the sides discussed issues such as the methodology for generating statistics on foreign trade in goods, identifying the causes of discrepancies in data and further improving the mechanism of cooperation in the field of customs statistics.
The methodology for generating statistics on foreign trade in goods used in the customs services of both countries corresponds to the international standard “Statistics on International Trade in Goods: Concepts and definitions” of the UN Statistics Division.
It was found out that the main reasons for discrepancies in the data of mutual trade are the inclusion of data relating to the same transaction in different time periods, the supply of Uzbek or Turkmen goods from the territory of other countries that are taken into account in imports by country of origin, the use of different HS classification codes when declaring goods, as well as different approaches to determining the value of goods during their customs declaration.
The meeting was organized within the framework of the Protocol signed on 14 July 2022 between the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan and the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan on the exchange of information on the movement of goods in mutual trade. ///nCa, 25 May 2023