Today, the Customs Administration took part in the event "Perception of export-oriented companies in North Macedonia on the Open Balkans Initiative", where the results of the first quantitative and qualitative survey on this topic were presented.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Mr. Dimitar Kovacevski talked about the benefits of the Open Balkan initiative, emphasizing that the presented analysis offers a comprehensive picture of the state of regional cooperation in the region in terms of the four freedoms - free movement of goods, services, persons and capital. He added that he would immediately share the report – a great data input for the forthcoming  Open Balkans Summit to be held in Ohrid this spring, with Serbian President Aleksandar Vuchic and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama.

Customs Director General Slavica Kutirov presented the current activities and benefits of the Open Balkan initiative from Customs aspect, primarily in the area of ​​free movement of goods including:

  • acceleration of cross-border movement of goods between the countries of the Open Balkans by improving the infrastructure and implementation of the One Stop Shop agreements at Tabanovce-Preshevo and establishment of a One Stop Shop with Albania,
  • special lanes at BCP Tabanovce - Preshevo for economic operators from the countries of the Open Balkans,
  • introduction of electronic phyto and veterinary certificates.


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