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Tech Assistance to the Customs Administration of Serbia

Project on NCTS development -This project is funded by the European Union
 
The Technical Assistance to the Customs Administration of Serbia to Support the Modernisation of the Customs Systems Project is part of Public Administration reform of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance 2011 (IPA). The purpose of the European Union funded this project is the Strengthening the administrative and operational capacity of the Serbian Customs Administration (SCA) and relevant stakeholders with the aim to meet EU requirements in the area of New Computerized Transit System, authorized economic operator, trade facilitations and risk management. During 27 months project life time, the project experts will support the Serbian customs administration's modernisation of the country's customs system, in compliance with best practices, standards and procedures.

The European Union has been the major donor in the Customs sector, enhancing the modernisation of Customs through the approximation to EU standards, including legislation and procedures. New project on Technical Assistance to the Customs Administration of Serbia to Support the Modernisation of the Customs Systems is mainly focused on development of New Computerised Transit System (NCTS) in the Republic of Serbia and on assistance with its accession to the EU/EFTA Convention on a common transit procedure.
The modernisation of the Customs systems is of high priority for the EU, and continued assistance has been provided to meet this goal. Latest 2012 annual report on Serbia for the European Council and the European Parliament on progress made by the country stressed that “the Customs Declaration Processing System (CDPS) should be renewed or upgraded and a properly equipped”.
In order to achieve these goals the project will conduct a thorough assessment of the situation in the field of customs systems, using an accurate gap analysis by comparing the current status and situation with the requirements of the EU/EFTA Convention on a common transit procedure. This will lead, in close cooperation with the experts of the SCA, to the development of New Computerised Transit System and necessary Guarantee Management System. In order to ensure the protection of fiscal and financial interests the project will develop the Risk Management System, which will be used for transit procedure as well as for all other customs procedures. Furthermore, the project will implement an Authorized Economic Operator system (AEO) and a training programme for the customs staff to become aware of procedures to be adopted and actions to be taken for AEO. Finally, the project will carry out a feasibility study in order to set priorities to improve the Serbian customs control procedures and methodology applicable to Transport by rail, river and air.
Moreover, a mentoring and coaching programme will be launched for SCA managers to fully acquaint them with the EU standards and best practices, which will include practical hands-on experience in the framework of relevant study visits to EU Member States’ or EFTA countries.
The project will conduct activities in relation to raising public awareness of the NCTS which will be used by the Serbian Customs Administration according to EU & EFTA Standards in transit, including conferences and workshops for the public and relevant stakeholders.

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Consortium and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.

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