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By Karina Elmane-Helmane and Kārlis Ketners


This paper discusses the need and relevance of customs policy coherence and coordination to facilitate trade and to what extent some trade facilitation measures (concepts) such as integrated border management and single-windows may be applicable in Latvia and other EU countries to improve policy, customs control, management and coordination. Trade facilitation initiatives benefit both the business community and governments. Balancing trade facilitation on the one hand with trade security on the other—allowing legitimate goods and travellers to pass through borders without unnecessary hindrances while protecting the international trade supply chain from threats posed by organized crime. Aim of the paper is to evaluate the actual needs of Integrated Customs Control System for Latvia as the EU member state. Research is based on comparative analysis of literature and practical experience of custom authorities. Empiric research is substantiated by the open source information and statistical data of Latvian customs

Topics: customs, revenue agencies, customs management, trade facilitation
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