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IMPLEMENTING ARRANGEMENT

REGARDING

CUSTOMS PROCEDURES

IN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA

AND

THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ON DEFENSE COOPERATION

Pursuant to Articles XI, XII, and XIII of the Agreement between the Parties to the North Atlantic treaty regarding the status of their forces, signed in London on June 19, 1951 (hereinafter “NATO SOFA”), and Articles XVIII, XIX, XXII and XXІІІ of the “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Government of the United States of America on Defense Cooperation”, signed on 28 April 2006 (hereinafter “the Agreement”), it is agreed as follows:

GENERAL PROVISIONS

  • 1.

    This Implementing Arrangement shall apply to the United State forces, members of the force and their dependents, the civilian component and their dependents, and United States contractors and their employees who are present in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, as defined in Article I of the NATO SOFA and Article ІІ of the Agreement.

  • 2.

    Bulgarian customs authorities and United States forces will establish points of contact who shall act as liaisons for all matters under this Implementing Arrangement. The initial point of contact for United States forces is the United States European Command Customs Office (USEUCOM ECJ4, EDDOC-ICTB). Points of contact for United States forces and Bulgarian customs authorities will be exchanged and updated through the Joint Commission. These points of contact shall be responsible for providing each other information on customs law and regulations and updates when changes to customs law and regulations occur.

  • 3.

    Customs clearance for goods imported or exported by United States forces shall take place at the entry or exit point’s customs office, if any or at the nearest customs office to the agreed facilities or areas. When necessary and requested by United States authorities, a Bulgarian customs official will clear the goods at the agreed facilities or areas.

  • 4.

    Whenever possible, United States forces shall provide notification to Bulgarian Customs Authorities five days prior to planned importation and exportation of goods.

  • 5.

    The designation of the customs clearance officer authorized to sign Form 302 (NATO Form 302) shall be sent by the designated USEUCOM representative to the Bulgarian Customs Administration. The information will include name, stamp number, and copy of signature.

  • 6.

    The following documentation shall be presented by United States forces personnel, and United States nationals or persons ordinarily resident in the United States who are employed by United States contractors exclusively serving the United States forces in the Republic of Bulgaria, upon request by Bulgarian customs officials:

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