|On 24th June 2016 in Skopje, a bilateral meeting took place between the Customs Administrations of the Republic of Macedonia and the People's Republic of China. The aim of the meeting of the delegations, headed by Mr. Lv Bin, Vice Minister of the General Administration of Chinese Customs and Director General Natasha Radeska Krstevska was to strengthen the cooperation between the two Customs Services, established under the Framework Agreement on Cooperation in Facilitating Customs Clearance among the Chinese, Hungarian, Serbian and Macedonian Customs, signed in December 2014.
The two delegations discussed the implementation and the achieved results of the Framework Agreement on Cooperation in Facilitating Customs Clearance and the possibilities for intensifying the cooperation in several areas, among which the area of customs law enforcement, operational and institutional capacity building and the possibility for signing a bilateral Agreement on mutual customs cooperation.
The need for successful cooperation between the two Customs Services was particularly emphasized in order to improve the efficiency of controls and facilitating trade at the same time through a joint striving towards removing barriers on legitimate trade and modernization of customs procedures. Mutual cooperation and exchange of information, experiences and best practices significantly contributes to alignment of customs procedures, improvement of cross-border trade in goods and it leads to achievement of the goals of the World Customs Organisation and the Free Trade Agreement of the World Trade Organisation.