On 11-12 September 2019, in Chisinau, EUBAM organized a workshop on customs procedures with economic impact – inward and outward processing procedures – for customs experts from the right and left bank of the Nistru River. The event was part of EUBAM’s efforts to enhance capacity and build confidence between customs professionals from Chisinau and Tiraspol, with the purpose of boosting the economy in the region.
Bearing in mind the benefits these procedures offer to economic operators, the workshop aimed to encourage and support customs experts to use them more efficiently for better serving the needs of the legitimate business, increasing economic competitiveness and trade facilitation. Moreover, the workshop created a unique opportunity to develop an interactive discussion platform between customs experts from both banks of Nistru River and EUBAM which helped to identify initiatives towards simplification of the inward and outward processing procedures.
Customs officers from Poland and Romania were invited by the Mission to introduce the the WCO and EU provisions related to the mentioned procedures, as well as practical cases of inward processing and best practice in the EU for issuing authorization and for granting the procedures.
Participating customs experts from both banks of Nistru River agreed on the importance of taking full advantage of the procedures in question and recognized the need for enhanced cooperation on that matter between customs administration and business community in fostering the economic development and improving the competitiveness of local industry.
“The benefits and opportunities provided by these customs procedures to economic operators are originating in the EU-Moldova Association Agreement. The workshop EUBAM organized today offered a better understanding on how inward and outward processing procedures are applied in the EU and what the needed steps are for aligning the local procedures to the EU standards with a view to simplifying them and promoting production, investment and foreign trade”, stated Head of EUBAM, Slawomir Pichor.
Inward processing procedure means that foreign goods are imported in order to be used in the customs territory of the country in one or more processing operations, for instance, for the purposes of manufacturing or repair. When imported, such goods are not subject to import duty, other taxes related to their import, such as VAT and/or excises or commercial policy measures.
Outward processing procedure is designed to give businesses the possibility to take advantage of benefits such as lower labour costs or specific technical expertise in other countries.