Presentation on theme: "IFC Western Balkans Trade Logistics Project T RADE F ACILITATION ON D ANUBE AND S AVA R IVERS."— Presentation transcript:
IFC Western Balkans Trade Logistics Project T RADE F ACILITATION ON D ANUBE AND S AVA R IVERS
PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE COUNTRIES OF OPERATION OBJECTIVES PARTNERS February 2012 to June 2014 Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia Reduction of administrative and regulatory bottlenecks (documentation requirements and checks), harmonization of border clearance procedures Improving the competitiveness of local firms through more efficient (and lower cost) access to markets Promoting regional integration by facilitating trade in the Western Balkans Project implemented with EU funding Counterparts: Customs, food, veterinary, (phyto)sanitary, and other authorities involved in the clearance of goods Close cooperation with private sector (traders, FFs, etc.) Close cooperation with CEFTA, Danube and Sava Commissions, SEETO, SEED Project Basic Facts
The Relevance of Streamlined Clearance Procedures
Findings related to Danube trade facilitation Focus - Assistance with simplification of clearance procedures for imports and transit cargo on Danube and other regional inland waterways Findings: ♦ Intensive inspections and revisionary checks (for composite barges involve multiple trips) ♦ Documents 6 – 10 are required for transit/import/export shipments ♦ Risk management is not utilized ♦ Poor communication and coordination between country agencies, no regional cooperation ♦ River information service (RIS) is installed on 80% of vessels that operate on the Danube in Serbia; ♦ RIS is not utilized at all as a trade facilitation tool – pre arrival information for customs, agencies, ports, transport and logistics companies. ♦ Provision of data input to RIS is currently optional - new RIS legislation since January 1, 2014 and ERI - January 1, 2015.
Recommendations ♦ Abolishing one revision (e.g. on entry) – for imports revision in the port of destination – for transit revision while exiting Serbia – bilateral agreements for each BCP ♦ Reduce the number of documents for river trading ♦ Support further development of Mohacs BCP ♦ Support the initiative for common entry point (e.g. in Prahovo for Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania) ♦ Support for RIS