Pursuant to Article 7 paragraph 4 of the Law on Customs Administration (Official Gazette of RM no. 46/04, 81/05, 107/07, 103/08, 64/09, 105/09, 48/10, 158/10, 53/11, 113/12, 43/14, 167/14, 33/15, 61/15, 129/15, 23/16, 120/18 and 248/18), the Director of the Customs Administration adopted

                              DIRECTION OF GOODS MOVEMENT THROUGH GREEN LANES WITHIN CEFTA 

I. General provisions 

1. The purpose of this Direction is to clarify the way goods move through green lanes within CEFTA.

2. The spread of the coronavirus in the past period in the world and on the European continent has led to the introduction of very strict measures by many CEFTA member states, as well as at the EU level to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The most obvious examples of such policies are travel bans imposed by various EU countries, as well as the reintroduction of border controls (including those with sanitary measures) on the EU's internal and external borders.

3.  The countries of the Western Balkans, in the past period, also in the past period have taken various measures for the transport of goods, which in a certain period caused delays at certain border crossings. However, despite the need to introduce strict sanitary measures, the flow of goods and, most importantly, goods of primary importance (food - animal food - medicines - medical equipment) should in no way be subject to any restrictions or stalls.

4. Given that the state of emergency will last for some time, in addition to the damage caused by the loss of human lives, the overall economy of the European continent, as well as the overall trade, could suffer enormous damage. CEFTA countries, expressing their fear of possible disruption of the cross-border movement of goods, which could cause certain delays in the supply of goods, have taken certain measures to accelerate the movement of goods within CEFTA.

5. As a first step in overcoming this situation, the CEFTA member states, based on the recommendations of the Macedonian Presidency with the Subcommittee on Customs and Origin of Goods, established a CEFTA Coordinating Body, in order to exchange information between all parties to CEFTA. The Coordinating Body consists of representatives from the ministries responsible for trade (CEFTA contact points) and representatives of the customs administrations. CEFTA Coordinating Body assists the CEFTA Secretariat.

6. In this regard, as the first step for better trade regulation, "Green" priority lanes for the Western Balkans have been introduced. These green lanes consist of three main axes:

A. HU/SRB border - Belgrade – SRB/MK border - Skopje – MK/EL border (with a branch towards Kosovo and Pristina) || RO/SRB border – Belgrade SRBMNE border– Podgorica – (port of) Bar.

B. HR/BiH-border Sarajevo- (port of) Ploce (HR) || HR/SRB border - BelgradeSRB/BG border. || SRB/BiH border- Sarajevo- BiH/MNE border-- MNE/KOS border-Pristina

C. (Port of) Durres- Tirana- ALB/MK border-Skopje- MK/BG border and Port of Durres -Fier – ALB/EL border || ALB/KOS border -Pristina- KOS/MK border || ALB/MNE border-Podgorica.

7. In the Republic of North Macedonia, the key border crossings of the green lanes are the border crossings: Tabanovce, Blace and Kafasan, obliged to provide 24/7 flow in terms of movement of goods. The list of all open border crossings for movement of all goods in CEFTA can be found at the following link: https://cefta.int/covid-19/#1462889556008-5268e54e-1525

8. Within the CEFTA, the CEFTA priority list has also been harmonized, where the goods that will have the priority of movement provided. Customs authorities are committed that priority "green" lanes should provide priority access to the goods listed in the CEFTA priority list. The list is available at the following link: https://cefta.int/covid-19/#1586879985044-b98d1fca-7ccb

9. Through all the listed border crossings, as well as through those located on the green lanes, the movement of all goods takes place, so that for a certain group of goods (listed in the list of priority goods) that are on the priority list, are provided a priority crossing. The priority crossing of vehicles transporting this type of goods is provided in the following two ways.

10.  First, it is desirable for each driver of a vehicle to have a mark - a green paper mark in A4 format, where the following text CEFTA ESSENTIAL GOODS will be written. This mark should be visible in the driver's cabin.

CEFTA ESSENTIAL GOODS

11. Second, information on the types of goods before arrival is sent and received through the electronic system SEED. The identification of this type of goods will be done on the basis of the tariff labels, entered in the export and transit declarations. In export customs declarations, identification will be based on the 10-digit tariff code. In the transit declarations, the identification will be made on the basis of a 6-digit mark on the tariff sub-number. The initial customs clearance where the procedure for sending the goods begins should enable the entry of tariff subheadings in the transit declaration (without amending the Rulebook on the manner of filling in the customs declaration and the code used when filling the customs declaration) the so-called green lanes to be provided for this type of goods, in order to speed up the customs procedure.

12. Having in mind that the entry of the tariff item in the transit declaration in the Republic of North Macedonia is voluntary, it should be noted that the priority crossing for this type of goods is possible only if the transit declaration is included in the transit declaration, because it is the only way to identify on the priority list of goods. We note that the list of basic goods for which priority crossing is provided may be changed and harmonized with all CEFTA countries. If it is a collective consignment in which goods are partially transported from the list of basic goods, such consignment will also be considered as a priority consignment.

13.  As previously stated, the determined customs offices, i.e. the customs offices from the green lanes, will be provided with a notification message through the SEED system, i.e. a message before arrival, and the list of SEEDs will be delivered to the electronic inspection services at the border inspection services addresses provided by those authorities. In this regard, a new User Guidelines has been developed for the operational use of the SEED system in relation to the procedures for providing fast flow of shipments with basic goods within the green lanes..

14. We note that the said procedure will be implemented from 17 April 2020, until the moment when the special emergency measures for prevention of the spread of the epidemic are in force.

15. For the purpose of uniform application, it is necessary to acquaint all participants in the customs procedure with a note that the use of the said procedure is voluntary, i.e. the submitter of the transit declaration in the initial customs office may enter a tariff number, if he wants to ensure priority at the border crossings located on the green lanes, in cases when goods that are on the priority list are transported.

List of essential priority goods

This direction enters into force on 17 April 2020