Kosovo Customs was established in 1999 under UNMIK and became known as Kosovo Customs in December 2008. It has developed on the basis of EU standards and currently has about 600 employees. In addition to the collection of revenue from duties and taxes, Kosovo Customs protects society from the smuggling of drugs and other prohibited goods and enforces laws protecting society against the prejudicial effects of economic crimes and evasion of revenue collection.
Customs officers are primarily located at the frontier border crossings, airports and inland offices. If you are importing or exporting goods from other countries, you will come into contact with customs officers at one of the crossing points. They are there to protect the citizens of Kosovo and ensure that goods are safe and legal to enter the territory. Their duty is also to ensure that information contained on documents matches with the goods presented in person at the border. In addition, one of the main objectives of the customs officers is administration and collection of duties and taxes for all imported and exported goods. Kosovo customs currently collects most of the revenue received by the Government of Kosovo so Customs’ revenue collection function is very important.