Yesterday (2nd October 2019) the Customs Administration in partnership with GIZ and the CEFTA Secretariat hosted a regional workshop on simplifying trade procedures, documents and data submission requirements in the CEFTA Region.

The workshop was opened by the Customs Director General Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski. He expressed his gratitude to the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the International Trade Center (ITC) for their commitment in the implementation of the project "Support to the facilitation of trade between CEFTA members", the end objective of which is boosting trade by enhancing the competitiveness of local businesses participating in regional value chains across multiple sectors.

In his address, he briefly pointed out some of the key activities implemented in the past year related to trade facilitation.

All of these activities are of great importance in facilitating trade and this is what will be my main goal and I will promote it by developing new customs procedures and standards and adopting best practices. These challenges require more proactive and action-oriented approach and support in the development of modern Customs Administrations in CEFTA member states - said Director General Tanasoski.

New measures to eliminate unnecessary documents were agreed at the workshop.