ITA comments on Difficulties for Bosnia after Croatia entered Schengen Zone

by Cristian Florescu

The Customs Department of the BiH Indirect Taxation Administration (ITA BiH) does not have information on the difficulties of the cross-border movement of goods after Croatia’s entry into the Schengen area, ITA BiH told FENA.

They also stated that they have no information on whether significant changes in this matter are expected in the coming period.

They point out that currently there is no greater traffic of goods and cargo motor vehicles than there was until now, except that there was increased traffic of passengers due to the New Year and Christmas holidays, which is usual in that period.

The rapporteur of the European Parliament for drafting the opinion on Croatian membership in the Schengen area, Paulo Rangel, previously told FENA that the abolition of internal border controls between the Schengen area and Croatia will in no way affect the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which shares a 1,000-kilometer border with Croatia.

He added that this will mean that the capacities of the European Union will be even closer to BiH, which is good for the country that expects to become a member of the EU, and he believes that Croatia’s entry into the Schengen area is in the interest of BiH.

The Schengen area is an area of free movement of people and goods within which there are no borders for travellers, except in extraordinary circumstances. Schengen includes 27 countries: 23 EU countries and four that are not EU members: Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Only four member states of the European Union are not part of Schengen: Ireland, which has left it, and Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania, which have yet to become part of Schengen.

Croatia joined the Schengen area in January 2023.

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