On 12.07.2019 the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia signed an Agreement on establishing joint controls at the border crossing point Tabanovce – Preshevo, being the first two countries in the Western Balkans to begin joint border controls. The official launch of joint controls will be at the end of August 2019.

The One Stop Shop joint border controls concept means simplified procedures performed at one border crossing stop and control of passengers, goods and vehicles conducted on one place only. Joint customs clearance will enable a greater harmonization of border controls and better use of the concept of integrated border management, bringing possibilities for customs fraud to a minimum due to the direct insight into documents accompanying the goods, control and enforcement of border formalities by all authorities responsible for their implementation thus enabling faster flow of passengers and goods and saving resources needed to implement the concept.

For travelers and carriers traveling from Serbia to North Macedonia, the Serbian Border Service will perform control at exit at the border crossing point Tabanovce, while the control of those traveling in the opposite direction will be carried out by the Macedonian border services at the territory of Serbia at the Preshevo border crossing.

Recently, the Customs Administration with financial support from the European Union and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, reconstructed and modernized the infrastructure at the Border Crossing Point Tabanovce, fulfilling all the preconditions for launching joint controls. By establishing a new way of operating and joint border control of the services of the two countries, Corridor 10 will be more attractive and efficient for export, import and transit of goods.

The border crossing point Tabanovce is just the beginning of the major changes lying ahead of in this area at several border crossing points. There are ongoing projects with our other neighbors Albania and Kosovo which will bring enormous benefits to the economic operators.