European Union – Systematic Electronic Exchange of Data


Project Description

EU-SEED (European Union – Systematic Electronic Exchange of Data), EC funded (IPA2010)

Establishment of system for Systematic Electronic Exchange of Data (SEED system) amongst customs administrations in Western Balkan region

Beneficiary/ Beneficiaries Albanian Customs Administration, Indirect Tax Authority of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonian Customs Administration, Montenegrin Customs Administration, Customs Administration of Serbia and Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99) Customs Service
Description Detailed

The purpose of the project is to support the customs administrations of the Beneficiaries in their efforts to implement the SEED system for the exchange of pre-arrival information. With the implementation of SEED the customs administrations of the Beneficiaries should enhance their administrative capacity on IT and risk analysis, increase revenue and prevent/combat illegal trade, while improving regional cooperation. The continuation of the SEED project will complete the pre-arrival information exchange system corresponding to trade flows between the Beneficiaries. If this information is correctly incorporated to risk analysis and post-clearance controls in the Beneficiaries, the following benefits can be achieved:

  • Facilitation of legitimate trade: the percentage of customs controls of reliable traders should be reduced;
  • Better results in the fight against illicit trade, namely through better targeted customs controls (the customs administrators of the Beneficiaries will be able to identify any changes made in customs declarations between border crossing points). It should increase the number of seizures, prevent smuggling and increase customs revenue in the Beneficiaries.
  • Prevention of corruption and facilitating the fight against organized crime (automatic exchange of pre-arrival information will limit the possibility for manipulation of customs procedures at borders).
  • Improvement of Post Clearance Control efficiency (the exchanged pre-arrival information will remain available on the SEED database).
  • Improvement of overall technical capacity of the customs administrations of the Beneficiaries;
  • Improvement of cross border procedures;
  • Promoting the Regional Cooperation;
  • Promoting the Integrated Border Management (IBM);
  • Project Management and Coordination;
  • Staff Management;
  • Operational Management – permanent communication and coordination with all six BAs on senior management, operational and IT level;
  • Business process analysis resulting in the creation of User Requirements;
  • Designing and writing of the entire Technical Documentation:
  • Development and testing of the software modules;
  • Installation, configuration and support in maintenance;
  • Training delivery (developers, administrators, end-users);
  • Organization of Regional Activities (Steering Committee Meetings, Regional Forums, Workshops and Trainings);
  • Administrative, Logistic and Financial support activities;

Project Details

  • LocationAlbania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244/99), Serbia
  • Main Contractor/ PartnerAgenzia delle Dogane (Italian Customs Agency), Italy
  • TimelineSeptember 2000 – onwards
  • StatusOngoing