On 23 April 2018, the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova and the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine hosted a workshop organized jointly with the Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova (MDCS). The event aimed at providing updated information and consultancy on the main aspects of DCFTA rules of origin. Therefore, business community, customs officials and EUBAM experts interacted directly and found solutions for minimizing gaps in relation to trade facilitation.
The EUBAM external expert offered to the 40 participants from the Moldovan Customs Service, business community, and other relevant stakeholders from both banks of the Nistru River, a detailed presentation on EU procedures at export, such as certification of origin, no-drawback rule, cumulation of origin within PEM Convention, and control at import, mainly direct import and validity of proofs of origin.
In their turn, the MDCS representatives presented the regulations, practices and challenges in implementing DCFTA rules of origin in the Republic of Moldova and they showed openness and willingness in improving customs procedures related to trade facilitation.
The workshop was structured to provide economic operators with explanations and clarifications regarding the main aspects of DCFTA rules of origin. The produced document (Frequently Asked Questions) intends to be published on MDCS website for the easy reference of economic operators and other stakeholders.