Project

A. General Information

1. Title

EU SEED (Systematic Electronic Exchange of Data) +

2. Status of the project
Operating
3. Implementation period of the project/service:
From
Jan-2010
To
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5. Geographical coverage
Regional: Europe
Participating countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia
Hub Point: Belgium
6. Participating agencies/entities of the project/service:
a. Development stage
Lead agencies/entities
CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Agreement) Secretariat
Other participating agencies/entities
Customs Administrations of Albania
Indirect Tax Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo Customs Service
Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova
Customs Administration of Montenegro
Customs Administration of North Macedonia
Customs Administration of Serbia
b. Operational stage
Lead agencies/entities (op)
CEFTA (Central European Free Trade Agreement) Secretariat
Other participating agencies/entities (op)
Customs Administrations of Albania
Indirect Tax Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo Customs Service
Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova
Customs Administration of Montenegro
Customs Administration of North Macedonia
Customs Administration of Serbia
7. Main stakeholders/beneficiaries of the project
Traders (big enterprises)
Traders (SMEs)
Transport
Customs brokers
Customs
Other Government Agencies (OGAs)
8. Business process category of the project
Commercial Transactions
Forwarding and cargo handling
Transport
Regulatory/official control
Payment

B. Lessons Learned

9. Summary description of the project/service
a. Objective(s)

The overall objective of SEED+ system is to enhance trade facilitation and regional economic integration by enabling regular and systematic data exchange among all CEFTA AP5 stakeholders as stipulated by the CEFTA Additional Protocol 5 and its Technical Annexes.

b. Business need for the project (background)

The need to enhance border management in the Western Balkans, fostering the cooperation and the sharing of information among customs administrations

c. Business process covered*

Pre-arrival information, customs declaration verification, intelligence related processes, overall business processes related to the border management.

d. Overall architecture and functionalities*

Full interconnectivity and interoperability of the CEFTA TRACES NT with the SEED+ Nodes shall be established, securing the compatibility and interoperability with the EU systems and standards to the maximum extent. Both systems should also be interoperable with the existing Parties systems and other related systems, in particular e-Phyto, EU RASFF and EUROPHYT (interfaces are already developed within EU TRACES), so that data must be entered only once, while the systems have to be organized in a way to disseminate and share all required data to the appropriate stakeholders.

e. Relevant document/figure
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10. Documents and data exchanged via the project

CEFTA TRACES NT (built on EU TRACES NT) enables the certification, generation, and processing of phytosanitary, veterinary, and pharmaceutical certificates. It also enables the exchange of rapid exchange of information on non-compliant consignments for animals and goods (food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy similar to EU RASFF and EUROPHYT). Customs SEED upgraded to Customs SEED establishes additional data exchange links, upgrading customs SEED modules and improving regional customs risk management.

11. Data models/databases, proprietary solutions, hybrid approaches
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12. Main challenges faced during the project
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13. Lessons learned from the project
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14. Main benefit(s) of the project
Enhanced regulatory compliance*
Transaction Cost savings*
Transaction Time savings
Simplified process
14A. Elaborations/detailed description on benefits gained

SEED system, supporting increased communication among different customs administrations in the region, contributes to improved data exchange with positive impact on intra-regional trade flows. The final beneficiaries of the SEED+ Action are Ministries of Trade, Customs, Veterinary, SPS and Public Health Administrations of the CEFTA Parties. SEED and SEED+ systems are instrumental for operationalization of the Additional Protocol 5. They shall provide for regular and systematic data exchange among all CEFTA AP5 stakeholders as stipulated by the CEFTA Additional Protocol 5 and its Technical Annexes, whilst harmonizing related legal and regulatory requirements among CEFTA, but also with EU. CEFTA economic operators will therefore benefit from: - significant reduction of the wating times at Border Crossing Points/ Common Crossing Points, - simplification of inspection, - reduction of formalities, - reduction of costs. Additionally, all companies involved in intra-CEFTA trade will also benefit from the AEO schemes.

15. Technical/financial/capacity building/other assistance
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16. Future plan for expansion of the project
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17. Other information or relevant references on the project
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18. Relevant document regarding the project
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C. Relevant Standards

20. Electronic message standard
20A. Electronic message standard supporting the project
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20B. Type of standard for electronic message applied for the project
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21. Technical communication standard
21A. Technical communication standard supporting the project
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21B. Type of technical communication standard applied for the project
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22. Security-related standards*
22A. Security-related standard supporting the project
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22B. Type of security-related standard applied for the project
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23. Other Technical Information
23A. Interface developed for data exchange with an internal system
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23B. Other technical implementation information
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