Within 19th – 21st April 2017, Macedonian Customs Director General attended the WCO European Region Heads of Customs Meeting that took in Vienna, Austria. At the meeting the delegates expressed interest in taking further actions to facilitate transport for the benefit of the economy in the region of Europe, where Customs plays an important role. The five priorities of the World Customs Organization for this year: trade facilitation, security, e-commerce, cooperation between Customs and Tax authorities and cooperation between Customs and Police were particularly highlighted at the meeting.

The main topic of discussion was the existing systems and the advantages that would come from the introduction of compatible transit system. The idea of providing an interface that would allow participation in the electronic transit system for all countries of Europe was presented. Experience from the application of different transit modes and their operation nationwide, and their benefits were also discussed in detail, particularly from the aspect of facilitation in terms of risk management.

The delegates took into account the preliminary requirements to be met for starting a project for development of a compatible system, such as the legal framework that needs to be provided in order to be able to start such a project, the necessary technical conditions and the financing of the project.

Conclusion of this meeting was to establish a working group with transit experts whose task would be to analyze the national transit systems and suggest the possibility of introducing such a compatible transit system.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the Director General of the Customs Administration had bilateral meetings with Directors of several Customs Administrations of the European region, in order to exchange views on the current challenges in the region and the possibilities for bilateral activities.

 

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