Laws and regulations


The main regulatory documents on outward processing are the Customs Code and the Government Decision nr. 1140 on Regulations for Customs Destinations.


Outward processing is the customs regime when Moldovan goods are temporarily exported from Moldova in order to be processed in another country and then imported back to Moldova in the form of compensatory products. In outward processing, domestic goods are processed or transformed outside Moldova without the application of measures of economic policy, while the resulting products are imported with full or partial exemption from customs duties with the application of measures of economic policy.


Outward processing implies the following operations:
1. Manufacturing of goods, including assembling, fitting or matching of products;
2. Processing of goods;
3. Reparation of goods, including mending and adjusting.



The authorization for outward processing is issued at request by the Customs Service only to legal entities from the Republic of  Moldova, and should include the quantities and the timeframe for the compensatory products to be imported back to Moldova or to be given another customs destination.

Period for re-import of compensating goods


When establishing the timeframe, the Customs Service takes into account the time needed for processing operations and import of the compensatory products. The timeframe shall commence from the date when the goods are placed under the outward processing regime and can be extended on the basis of a well grounded request from the owner of the authorization. Businesses failing to comply with the regime requirements are subject to penalties, liabilities and procedures of customs debt recovery.


Relevant institutions

Customs Service of the Republic of Moldova
Address: 30, Columna str., Chisinau, MD-2001, Republic of Moldova
Press Service: + 373 22/ 574-120
Anteroom: + 373 22/ 574-201
Secretariat: + 373 22/ 574-182