N. Popadic - IFC Western Balkans Trade Logistics Project

Report
IFC Western Balkans
Trade Logistics Project
TRADE FACILITATION
ON
DANUBE AND SAVA RIVERS
Project Basic Facts
PERIOD OF
PERFORMANCE
February 2012 to June 2014
COUNTRIES OF
OPERATION
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
OBJECTIVES
 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
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PARTNERS
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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
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:
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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.
Map of the import/transit procedure
Recommendations
♦ Abolishing one revision (e.g. on entry)
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– 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
Contact
Nenad Popadic
Consultant
IFC-Western Balkans Trade Logistics Project
Belgrade, Serbia
[email protected]
Tel: +381-11-330-8946 Cell: +381-63-633-906

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