Under the Macedonian chairmanship, today the Customs Administration organized 19th Meeting of the CEFTA Subcommittee on Customs and Rules of Origin, which took place via a video conference link.

The meeting was attended by senior representatives of the Customs Administrations and ministries of the CEFTA countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo), a representative of EFTA countries, the Director of the CEFTA Secretariat, senior representatives of the European Commission, the World Bank, IFC and the EU transport community.

The Customs Administration presented and explained its priorities within its chairmanship with the CEFTA Subcommittee, as well as the issues for essential trade facilitation.

One of the main topics of discussion at the meeting was the international recognition of the Authorised Economic Operator authorisation within CEFTA which will greatly facilitate the flow of goods of our economic operators, ensure faster customs procedures, reduce the costs and clearly bring forward their competitiveness. The attendees also discussed the introduction of a joint official AEO logo in CEFTA

Satisfaction with the rapid establishment and functioning of the green corridors was exressed, and the application of the same corridors in future for goods of authorized economic operators and for perishable goods was also discussed.

The second priority imposed by our side is the PEM Convention on the Origin of Goods through conclusion of free trade agreements with the EU, which will actually be a facilitation for our economic operators, their greater competitiveness, especially those exporting to the European Union countries and the PEM zone.

Another very important item on the agenda was the development of e-commerce between the CEFTA countries, which, given the current situation with the COVID 19 crisis, will be of particular importance for the economic operators in the future in the trade with goods in both the CEFTA region and EU and EFTA countries.

The countries assessed highly the current cooperation within the SEED system (CEFTA data exchange system) and agreed to expand the system with a possibility for exchange of pre-arrival information, i.e. information before the arrival of goods with the EU countries. 

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