Yesterday (2nd September 2018) the President of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev and the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, announced the start of the One Stop Shop Project between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Serbia at the border crossing point Tabanovce-Presevo.

"One Stop Shop" is the greatest acknowledgement  of the dedicated work on this project, which the Customs Administration of the Republic of Macedonia has targeted as one of the most important strategic goals. Last year,  with the financial assistance of the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, the Customs Administration reconstructed and modernized the infrastructure at the border crossing point Tabanovce, thus completing all preconditions for the start of joint controls. By establishing a new way of operation through joint border control, Corridor 10 will be more attractive and more efficient for export, import and transit of goods.

The concept of introducing joint controls is one of the objectives of the Multi-Annual Action Plan for the creation of a Regional Economic Area in the Western Balkans, adopted at the Trieste Summit in July 2017, which among other things envisages joint risk management and joint border controls at one stop (One-stop shop), where applicable.

The WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and the Berlin Process for the Western Balkans recommend that the Western Balkan countries establish joint border controls to facilitate and accelerate export, import and transit of goods. Macedonia and Serbia will be the first Western Balkan countries to establish joint border control, thus enabling joint execution of border and customs formalities in the movement of goods and passengers.

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