Moldova to simplify the terms in obtaining permits for the use of simplified customs procedures: Authorized economic agent (AEO), Customs clearance by location (PVD) or authorized exporter
This is provided for by amendments approved by the government to bring the regulatory framework in line with the changes made earlier in the Customs Code. The matter concerns the following: reducing the necessary time for the exporter to carry out export operations from 3 years to 1 year; reducing the frequency of preferential exports from 30 to 5 preferential exports every 3 calendar months in a row in the last 12 months prior to the submission of the application; elimination of the requirement of the absence of exporter’s debts to the national budget; excluding the obligation of the customs authority to carry out a post-entry audit of the economic activities of an authorized exporter at least once a year, etc. The Customs Service recalled that the status of an Authorized Economic Agent (AEO) gives its owner a number of advantages: simplified customs procedures, reduced the number of inspections or priority crossing the border through a separate lane for owners of this permission. Other benefits include the ability to select the location of inspections and postpone the payment of customs duties for up to 30 days. As part of a pilot project launched in Leuseni in 2015, unilateral acknowledgement of AEO on behalf of the European Union was introduced. At the same time, the Customs Service continues to promote the AEO Program to obtain mutual acknowledgement of the AEO in Moldova and the EU, so that the Authorized Economic Agent (AEO) from our country, which supplies goods to the EU, enjoys the same benefits. At the same time, Customs clearance by location (PVD) allows the holder of this permission to submit electronic customs declarations (with an electronic signature) without the need to present the imported or exported goods at the customs post. Thus, economic agents are able to carry out customs clearance of their goods in the office or in their own warehouse, authorized by the customs authority, which saves time and minimizes transportation costs. Another tool to facilitate trade, promoted by the Customs Service, is the status of an authorized exporter, which exempts its owners from the obligation to obtain a EUR-1 certificate of origin. At the same time, thanks to the simplifications promoted by the Customs Service, seasonal exporters can take advantage of this status. According to the Customs Service, in January 2019, the value of goods exported by the owners of the "authorized exporter" status increased by 36%, amounting to more than 690 million lei. At present, there are 118 authorized economic agents, 26 authorized exporters and 78 entrepreneurs who have permission to carry out customs clearance at within the location. // 28.02.2019 - InfoMarket.