On the Customs Officer’s Day, marked annually on September 4, over 180 employees of the Customs Service, as well as management of the Ministry of Finance, took part in the workshop “Raising awareness on Implementation of the new Customs Code”, organised with the support of the EU High Level Advisers’ Mission.

The event focused on the new Customs Code of the Republic of Moldova, adopted in August 2021, the objective of which is to standardise and harmonise the national customs legislation with that of the European Union. In order to raise awareness, the workshop focused on the comparative aspects between the current customs legislation and the new framework, which will enter into force on January 1, 2024.

Those present also learned about the new Communication Strategy of the Customs Service, developed with the support of the EU High Level Advisers’ Mission, the main purpose of which is the development and implementation of efficient internal and external communication channels and the consolidation of the Customs Service as an entity oriented towards the provision of high-quality, professional, reliable and impartial public services.

In the opening of the event, the Director General of the Customs Service Igor Talmazan stated: “Implementation of the new Customs Code represents one of the main commitments assumed with Moldova’s candidate country status. As of January 1, 2024, the new customs legislation will offer economic agents more benefits, digitised services and will reduce bureaucracy. I use this opportunity to thank the Delegation of the European Union in the Republic of Moldova for the support given both in the implementation of Community customs legislation and in the organisation of trainings on the implementation of the Customs Code for customs officials, but also for the business environment.”

During the event, the EU High Level Adviser on customs and tax policy, Rosario De Blasio emphasized: ” Today, with only a few months until the entry into force of the new Code, efforts are to be channeled to inform citizens and the business environment in details about all the benefits and innovations of the new legislation in the customs field, which include: improving the quality of services provided to economic agents, eliminating fees for customs procedures and deferring the payment of customs duties, increasing the level of data protection, reducing costs and delays related to the declaration of goods and reducing the risks of fraud and integrity incidents, through online monitoring of customs operations.”

The EU High Level Advisers’ Mission will also support a series of information events organized jointly with the Customs Service in order to raise awareness on the implementation of the new Customs Code for its major stakeholders – today’s event marking the beginning of this process.