Prishtina, April 5, 2017 – Removal of barriers in the movement of goods and other challenges that businesses in the country face, including the customs dues on raw material and fighting of informal economy, were in the focus of discussion of the AmCham Breakfast for Executives with Customs Director Bahri Berisha, hosted by IP Kos member company.
AmCham Executive Director Arian Zeka thanked Customs Director for his readiness to listen to the concerns of AmCham member companies. Zeka said that the investments in road infrastructure have no value unless used for free flow of goods, thus urging for an increased dynamics in further facilitation of goods with Albania and other countries of the region. He praised Customs for progress over the last years, which is also reflected to lower number of complains from AmCham member companies.
Customs Director General Bahri Berisha voiced content for meeting with AmCham member companies to discuss over the trade barriers, and finding of solutions to avoid these barriers. He said that Customs is a very stable institution with proactive approach in the overall development of businesses.
Berisha said that Customs has made progress in its cooperation with other international institutions after its membership in the World Customs Organization, a membership which will enable Kosovo to participate in important events which help elimination of barriers for Kosovo businesses.
AmCham member companies raised their concerns such as high presence of smuggling of goods, and informal economy in general, quality control of goods, particularly imported fuel.