In December 2014, the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications collaborated with the International Finance Corporation (IFC)/World Bank Group and the USAID Regional Economic Growth (REG) Project to conduct an initial assessment of compliance with requirements of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. A revised assessment for Category B and C provisions took place in June 2017.

This exercise aimed at evaluating the compliance of national regulations and practices with the Trade Facilitation Agreement, assessing needs for technical assistance in implementing particular measures, and identifying priority areas for continuing alignment. Documents produced as part of this assessment will serve as the basis for notifying the WTO and allow Serbia to benefit from provisions of the Agreement applicable to developing countries. These special provisions extend time limits for implementation, allow access to technical assistance, and permit support for capacity-building in line with each member’s needs.

Measures by category
Extent of compliance
Fully compliant53
Mostly compliant28
Partially compliant17
Time required for implementation
Implementable immediately67
less then 1 year0
1 to 3 years6
3 to 5 years14
5 to 10 years15
more then 10 years0
Assistance required
Changes to regulations10
Changes to procedures17
Institutional framework7
HR and training21
Infrastructure and equipment14
Trade Facilitation Agreement

Serbia’s compliance with the Trade Facilitation Agreement and the country’s technical assistance needs were assessed using official WTO methodology and documents; these are available on the TFA Facility web site. Below is a link to the text of the Trade Facilitation Agreement.

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