Some unsolicited assistance may arrive in country spontaneously and without being requested. This needs to be managed correctly in the same method as the requested relief assistance.
Non-acceptance of unsuitable or unnecessary national and international assistance is the responsibility of IMC/ MoI advised by the Head of Operations and the general Directorate of Civil Emergency.
The effective coordination of international assistance places a huge burden on the national response system. Assistance in this coordination can be requested from the United Nations Agencies, EU structures, NATO and from the countries.
If the request for international assistance is made, Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Border Services of Albania are to be advised immediately. The ease of entry into Albania of international assistance personnel must be facilitated. In particular, the fast entry of international Search and Rescue Workers, their rescue equipment and rescue dog teams are a priority. Additionally, tax and duty free clearance must be facilitated for all donor assistance marked “Humanitarian Assistance” or received for “Disaster Relief Purposes.” This may also include similar exemption for goods purchased locally with disaster relief funding and clearance for agricultural or hazardous material imports if destined for humanitarian purposes.
The Head of Operations/ Civil Emergency Management Team is responsible for providing information on expected donor assistance to the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Services to facilitate this process at entry points. This information will include as much detail as possible on the type, quantity, source, means of transport, arrival point and estimated time of arrival. If an UNDAC team has been requested and deployed, it can provide significant additional support in this area. In the case of an emergency in neighbouring countries, involving displaced people crossing the border, the customs, immigration, quarantine must be prepared to facilitate the appropriate measures of the State.
An agreement on bilateral cooperation for civil emergency support is in force with Austria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Turkey and agreements are under development with Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.