Tajik authorities removing administrative barriers in foreign trade

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Bakhtiyor Davlat

2008-10-25

DUSHANBE, Oct. 22——The government of Tajikistan has drafted a plan for one-stop shop border control, Deputy Director of the Customs Service Alisher Karimov said at a regional conference in Dushanbe Oct. 21-22 on improving transport infrastructure and transit capabilities in Tajikistan. He said the one-window system would simplify the movement of trucks and cargo across the border by reducing the paperwork needed at the border and cutting the number of control bodies.

Project coordinator for the German Society for Technical Cooperation Hushnid Rasulov noted that the measures confirmed by the government in early October to lift the administrative barriers in the export and import of goods would help optimize Tajikistan’s transport and trade procedures. The measures involve simplifying the processing of documents for transit shipments. Rasulov said in order to transport cargo outside the country right now a businessman must gather 12 kinds of documents, which can take 30 to 40 days. "If we simplify the collection of documents, coordinate the departments and introduce a one-stop shop, the state will gain up to $800 million [USD] a year by simplification of the entire system,” Rasulov said.

According to the Asian Development Bank, transport costs in Tajikistan constitute up to 21 percent of the value of foreign trade, the highest percent among Central Asian nations. In addition, Tajik Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Khudoyor Khudoyorov said that due to the intense construction of roads, tunnels and bridges, Tajikistan will cease being a transport dead end and become a transit country.

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