CEFTA TRADE PORTAL
Under the auspices of the Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, the Agreement on Amendment of and Accession to the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA 2006) was signed by the ministers responsible for trade in Bucharest on 19 December 2006.
This Agreement substituted all the bilateral agreements previously applied in the region. The agreement entered into force on 26 July 2007 for five Parties - Albania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and UNMIK/Kosovo, while for Croatia it entered into force on 22 August 2007, for Serbia on 24 October 2007 and for Bosnia and Herzegovina on 22 November 2007. Thus, full implementation of CEFTA 2006 started at the end of 2007.
This Web Portal has been created as a hub of information on the most important trade regulations concerning trade with the signatories of the CEFTA 2006. It provides orientation and information to all businesses that aim to trade with the CEFTA Parties.The goal of the portal is to make the search for concrete and practical information on trade with CEFTA Parties more transparent and time efficient, and thus to support the practical implementation of the Agreement.
The main categories of information presented on the portal are customs regulations, licensing procedures, technical requirements, SPS and veterinary controls, trade regimes as well as the regulations for border controls applied in all CEFTA signatories.
The CEFTA trade portal was created by the CEFTA signatories with the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through the German Technical Cooperation, GTZ. The development process was headed by the Albanian Ministry for Economy, Trade and Energy (METE) who designed the model for the trade portal in cooperation with GTZ.