Serbia 

IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ELECTRONIC PRE-ARRIVAL CUSTOMS CLEARANCE SYSTEM 

  • Alliance Project
  • Status: Completed

The pre-arrival customs clearance system enables Serbian customs to clear express goods prior to arrival. 

CHALLENGE 

Imports to Serbia have been characterized by manual controls and the associated lengthy waiting times¬†as well as¬†high costs. Therefore, the Serbian government prioritized reform measures for expediting customs processes, one of which was the¬†‚ÄėPre-Arrival Processing Procedure‚Äô¬†(PAP).¬†

The receipt and processing of advance notifications requires an electronic customs clearance system. The PAP procedure helps classify consignments according to their risk level and facilitates decisions as to which goods have to be controlled by the customs authority. 

WHAT WE ARE DOING 

Since June 2020, the PAP for accelerating customs¬†clearance¬†for express goods¬†is officially¬†in regular operation. This project was carried out by the¬†‚ÄėGerman Alliance for Trade Facilitation‚Äô¬†together¬†with the Serbian authorities and companies in Serbia¬†following the example¬†of the¬†Alliance‚Äôs¬†customs reform¬†project¬†in Montenegro.¬†The aim of the project was expediting the release of time-sensitive goods.¬†

Inspired by the successes in Serbia and Montenegro, a further four countries in the Western Balkans and the Republic of Moldova are planning similar customs reforms based on this model. 

THE BENEFITS 

  • Almost twice as many express goods¬†are expected to¬†be cleared within an hour of arrival.¬†¬†
  • New capacities of Serbia‚Äôs¬†customs¬†authority¬†to digitize processes.¬†
  • Increased trust and collaboration between public and private partners.¬†
  • More favorable business environment in Serbia. ¬†¬†

PROJECT COMPONENTS  

COMPONENT 1 

Establishment of the legal and regulatory framework for customs PAP of express consignments 

COMPONENT 2 

Development of procedural practices and functionalities in the customs IT system 

COMPONENT 3 

Capacity-building for customs officials and the private sector 

PROJECT PARTNERS 

The project of the¬†‚ÄėGerman Alliance for Trade Facilitation‚Äô¬†in Serbia is a cooperation between the Serbian customs administration,¬†DHL Express¬†and other express operators,¬†the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia,¬†and¬†GIZ.¬†

The Alliance created a partnership of equals: all activities were planned and implemented jointly by the project partners. This guaranteed the right balance between the interests of businesses and of the customs authorities. 

TESTIMONIALS

‚ÄúThe Trade Facilitation Agreement allows the creation of a more favorable environment for the business of economic operators. In this sense, this agreement does not only apply to the implementation of customs procedures, but also integrates all other institutions that together with customs participate in the foreign trade process. A simplified customs procedure for express consignments in accordance with that agreement is of great importance to both citizens and economic operators, and we are very satisfied that it is being successfully implemented.‚ÄĚ

Snezana Karanovic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia

‚ÄúWe were walking forward and backward, left and right, looking for a solution. It is therefore a great pleasure to note that we found it. What is accomplished now, we wanted for a long time.‚ÄĚ

Nebojsa Ristic, Sales Director, FedEx

‚ÄúImproving the process of customs clearance of express consignments is a topic we have been talking about for years, it can be said even for decades, but we really started talking only when GIZ was involved.‚ÄĚ

Boris Petkovińá, Area Serbia Manager, DHL International Belgrade

CONTACT PERSON

Karl Bartels

karl.bartels@giz.de

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