Over the past two weeks, the customs officers prevented two attempts for drug trafficking through the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway.

 

 

In the first case, during control of a Romanian car, driven by a Romanian national who was to exit the country, the customs officers foiled an attempt for smuggling 80 grams of marijuana. The marijuana was found in a yellow plastic bag, wrapped with white tape, hidden behind the screen for air-conditioning.

 

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In the second case, during control of a passenger van with English license plates, driven by a Norwegian citizen that arrived for exit from the country, the customs officers found 5 LSD perforated fused leaves with smiley on them.   They were found in a leather make-up case, placed in a canvas bag with three compartments, hanging on the back door of the vehicle.

Both cases were handed over to the Control and Investigation Sector of the Customs Administration for further processing.

 

Several attempts for smuggle different goods were also detected, as well as two cases of customs fraud:

Foreign exchange and mobile phones

- 29,400 Euros and 2 iPhones 7, detected in two separate cases at the Skopje Alexander the Great Airport.

In the first case, during personal search of a Macedonian citizen who arrived from Cologne, in his inner jacket pocket, the customs officers found an envelope with 37,000 Euros. According to the regulations, 10,000 Euros were returned to the passenger, an amount that can freely be taken into the country, while 27,000 Euros were seized. Offence proceedings were initiated against the passenger.

In the second case, the inspection of the luggage and personal search of a Macedonian national who arrived from Zurich resulted in detection of 9,250 Swiss francs in his suitcase and  3,400 Euros in his inner jacket pocket. According to the regulations, 9,250 Swiss francs and 1,400 Euros were returned to the passenger (equivalent amount to 10,000 Euros), an amount that can freely be brought into the country, while 2,400 Euros were seized. Offence proceedings were initiated against the passenger. Besides the money, in his suitcase the customs officers found 2 new mobile undeclared phones iPhone 7. They were also seized. Offence proceedings were initiated against the passenger. 

 

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Vehicle

A second hand Italian cargo van VOLKSWAGEN FURGON was seized at the border crossing Medzitlija, for which it was concluded that had remained in the Republic of Macedonia longer than the legally allowed period. According to the statement of the driver - a Macedonian national, the vehicle had entered the country in August 2013, which was confirmed by checking the records of the Ministry of Interior, and had not been re-exported from the territory of the Republic of Macedonia. Thus, the vehicle had been released for free circulation without completion of the prescribed customs procedure and without paying import duties. The vehicle was seized and a request for initiating criminal proceedings against the driver's request for initiation of offence proceedings was submitted against the driver.

 

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Home-made Macedonian brandy (rakia)

- About 110 liters of home-made brandy, detected by the Customs Mobile Teams during control of a Macedonian cargo van, driven by a Macedonian citizen, carried out on the road Negotino – Veles. In the cargo area of the van, between other bags filled with ground pepper, the customs officers found 6 plastic containers with home-made rakia, for which the driver did not have proof of paid import and excise duties. The rakia was  seized and offence proceedings were initiated against the driver.

 

Other goods

- 500 tap valves, 100 door knobs and 90 automobile spare parts, found in two separate cases at the border crossing point Tabanovce motorway, during inspection of one passenger and one cargo vehicle, declared for entrance in the country.

In the first case, during inspection of a Macedonian truck, driven by a Macedonian national, in eight cardboard boxes placed on the beds in the cab, the customs officers found 500 taps valves, 100 door knobs and 76 automobile spare parts.

In the second case, during inspection of a Bulgarian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national in two cardboard boxes placed in the boot of the vehicle, the customs officers found 14 automobile spare parts.

In both cases, the undeclared goods were seized and appropriate proceedings were initiated against drivers.

 

Frauds

Attempts for import duties evasion through incorrect tariff classification were detected at the Customs Offices in Skopje and Gevgelija 2.

In the first case at the Customs Office Skopje 2, an importer from Skopje declared for import clearance goods declared under tariff code with 0% customs rate and 5% VAT. During control of the goods, it was established that the sets of pens and pads should have been classified under a completely different tariff code with 0% customs rate and 18% VAT. Based on the newly established tariff code,the importer is obliged to pay additional import duties amounting to 82 thousand Denars. A report on false tariff classification was drafted.  

In the second case at the Customs Office Gevgelija, an importer from Skopje declared for import clearance lollipops declared under tariff code with 20% customs rate and 5% VAT. Due to suspicion that products are not suitably classified, samples were taken and sent for examination at the Customs Laboratory. The results showed that the products should have been classified in another tariff code with prescribed customs duties rate of 27% and VAT of 5%. Based on the newly established tariff code,the importer is obliged to pay additional import duties amounting to 5 thousand Denars. A report on false tariff classification was drafted.