16th September 2021, Skopje – Republic of North Macedonia and Republic of Kosovo will conduct joint customs control at Blace – Hani Elezi railway border crossing. This is stipulated in the Implementing Agreement on Implementation of the Agreement between the Governments of the two countries on border dispatching for rail transport at Blace – Hani Elezi border crossing. Minister of Finance of North Macedonia, Fatmir Besimi, and his Kosovo counterpart, Hekuran Murati, signed the Agreement today in Skopje within the joint session of both Governments.
The Agreement provides for simplification of the border dispatching for rail transport and reduction of the waiting time at the border crossings. It also sets out the performing of the activities of border dispatching for rail transport, as well as the rules on border dispatching for rail transport at this border crossing. The control will be conducted jointly by the customs officers of both countries at Hani Elezi border crossing.
Strengthened connection and faster flow of passengers, goods and services means enhanced trade, prosperity for the countries and the region. Such joint activities contribute to increased flow of shipments and better conditions for the business community. Since the beginning of the year, trade between the two countries has increased by 40.2%, reaching over EUR 200 million.
Both countries undertake activities aimed at boosting the cooperation by improving the infrastructure connectivity. Implementation of the Skopje – Blace Motorway Project is ongoing, with an initiative for setting up a joint control. As regards the energy, activities are being undertaken for construction of North Macedonia – Kosovo gas interconnection. Better infrastructure implies attracting more investments. Both countries have also signed agreements on avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on income and on capital, as well as agreements on encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments.
Republic of North Macedonia has already established joint control at the border with the Republic of Serbia at Tabanovce border crossing for road transport. Joint control is also to be established at Tabanovce border crossing for rail transport, as well as at Kafasan border crossing for road transport towards the Republic of Albania.