To ensure transparent and accurate information to the public, the Customs Administration wishes to provide timely information on the topic of current interest concerning hazardous waste that entered Albania from Italy.

We received a question from the “Fokus” weekly on this topic:

- „ Italian media have reported that in 2016, 1,300 containers with waste from Italy were to pass the border crossing Kafasan but vanished in Italy. However , media report that last year 1,140 containers crossed this border crossing point, as indicated in the attached table. Our question is what was in these containers, was it waste and where did it end up, i.e. what was its final destination . In the context of the issue published by the Italian media. I'm sending you a table (in Albanian), i.e. the proof that 1,140 containers entered through Kjafasan, but there is no specification whether it was waste. "
 
In the course of yesterday, we provided timely answer to this question. However, our reply was not taken into consideration in the article published in today’s edition of “Fokus” (24th March 2017). Below is the entire answer to the reply sent to “Fokus”:
 
„With regard to your tquestion with enclosed table , please be informed that as indicated in the table itself, no container has been exported from Italy and none of the tariff codes indicated in the table refers to waste, which is subject to a special regime for import, export and transit. Pursuant the Law on waste management, the Law on packaging and packaging waste, the Rulebook on export, import and transit of waste, the Ministry of environment and Physical planning issues permits for import, export or transit of waste.
 
The table contains the following types of goods : frozen chicken, bananas, motorcycles, toys, second-hand clothes, blankets, synthetic worker jackets, office file cases, sardines in oil, copper oxides, sheepskin.
 
The goods were imported in the Republic of Macedonia.
 
The Customs Administration of the Republic of Macedonia on daily basis exchanges real time data with the Customs Administration of the Republic of Albania through the system SEED, pairing data for what comes out of one, and enters the other country, thus ensuring matching of data related to goods, i.e. preventing smuggling, illegal trade and corruption.
 
Furthermore, we inform you that the allegations published in the last issue of Focus of March 17, 2017 in the article "1,300 containers of hazardous waste from Italy were to be destroyed at the landfill Drisla" claimimg that meetings on this subject were held with Customs Director General Natasha Radeska Krstevka are untrue, because Customs Director Natasha Radeska Krstevka has not attended a single meeting on the subject. "