Collapse of Bosnian borders due to new customs rules

Bosnian border / Photo: Nangka Press / AFP / Profimedia

Since the beginning of February, the customs terminals in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been crowded because of the trucks that have been waiting for several days to clear customs.

Delayed changes and incomplete decisions of the domestic institutions caused a problem that threatens the economy of BiH. On August 1, 2022, the application of the new Law on Customs Policy of BiH and the Decision on Implementation of the Law on Customs Policy of BiH began.

The new solution did not include a simplified procedure for invoices, but the approvals for a simplified procedure issued earlier remained in force for another six months, that is, until January 31, 2023. years. On January 12, 2023, the Council of Ministers at the 87th extraordinary session adopted the Decision to amend and supplement the Decision on the Implementation of the Law on Customs Policy of BiH, which provides that the invoice procedure will remain simplified.

This decision enters into force on the eighth day after its publication in the Official Gazette of Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, on January 31, 2023, the public will receive a notification from the Indirect Taxation Authority of BiH stating that the validity of previously obtained permits for a simplified customs clearance procedure for invoiced goods will be immediately terminated from February 1, 2023.

After the abolition of the simplified procedure at the customs terminals of Bosnia and Herzegovina, there was a collapse. About two thousand trucks are waiting for customs clearance, which has already been felt by carriers from Bosnia and Herzegovina and other countries, Nikola Grbic, president of the Association of Transporters of RS, told Grbic said that many businessmen and carriers have already felt the great loss.

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