Dialogue with Customs crucial for facilitating business operations

Pristina, May 20, 2021 – Customs is an important stakeholder for the private sector and business operations. With the purpose of facilitating the dialogue between private sector companies and Customs, the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo has organized a roundtable discussion with the new Director-General of Kosovo Customs.

Agron Llugaliu, General Director of Kosovo Customs, declared that the aim of Customs is to create conditions for equal treatment for all businesses and facilitate customs procedures through technological advancements, respectively, process automation, which provides easier communication and access for businesses in the processes developed by Customs. He further emphasized that the main assistance will be provided to the trade, manufacturing, and export sector in our country.

The Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo, Arian Zeka, said that Customs is one of the most influential institutions in the work of many companies in the country, therefore strengthening the dialogue with this institution is a constant interest of the private sector and their representatives.

Avni Krasniqi, Chairman of the Trade and Customs Committee at the American Chamber, said that, as a result of the close cooperation and ongoing dialogue with Kosovo Customs, it has become possible to continuously facilitate customs clearance procedures and other related Customs procedures, emphasizing that this institution is an example for the entire region of the Western Balkans.

Representatives of various companies who were present at the meeting raised different concerns related to the role of Customs, including issues such as the revaluation and classification of goods, treatment of parallel imports, protection of intellectual property, and also a discussion of the fight against the informal economy and smuggling.