Over the past three weeks, the customs officers uncovered several attempts for smuggling goods, seizing handheld electrical appliances and tools, Swarovski jewelry, clothing, foreign currencies, truck turbines, mobile phones and cellphone parts, and more.

The following was seized:

Foreign exchange

- EUR 141,000, detected during inspection of a Macedonian registered car, owned by a rent-a-car company, driven by an Italian national, accompanied by his father and declared at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway, exit section. Asked by the customs officers how much cash he and his travelling companion carry, the driver replied that they had USD 5,000 and about EUR 1,000. However, during the search of the car, in a cotton blouse placed under the armrest between the front seats of the vehicle  the customs officers found EUR 157,000, and USD 5,000 in the passenger's wallet. Pursuant the Law on Foreign Exchange Operations, EUR 16,000 and USD 5,000 were returned to the perpetrators, as an amount that two non-residents can freely take out from the country, while the remaining EUR 141,000 were seized and appropriate proceedings were initiated against the driver.

- EUR 10,000, detected by the Mobile Customs Teams, during control of a Bulgarian registered car, driven by a Greek national at the border crossing point Bogorodica, exit section. Asked by the customs officers if he had anything to declare, the driver replied negatively, but during detailed inspection, in a black leather case wrapped in white paper, the customs officers found three piles of EUR 20,000 in cash, for which the driver did not have no documents proving the origin. Pursuant the Law on Foreign Exchange Operations, EUR 10,000 were returned to the perpetrator, as an amount that two non-residents can freely take out from the country, while the remaining EUR 10,000 were seized and appropriate proceedings were initiated against the driver.

Hand-held electrical appliances and tools

- 2624 pieces of various handheld electrical appliances and tools, detected by the Mobile Customs Teams, during detailed control of a Macedonian registered truck loaded with goods of Chinese origin, destined for a Skopje-based importer, declared for import customs clearance at the Customs Office Skopje 2. The undeclared goods, which were not covered by the customs declaration, were seized and misdemeanor proceedings will be brought against the importer.

Truck turbine

- 1 used truck turbine, found during control of a Bulgarian truck, driven by a Macedonian citizen at the border crossing point Tabanovce, entrance section. The undeclared turbine, found behind the driver's seat has been seized and appropriate action has been taken against the driver.

Jewelery

- 248 pieces of Swarovski jewelry (239 necklaces and 9 bracelets), detected during control of a Swiss car, driven by a Macedonian citizen at the border crossing point Blace, entrance section. The undeclared jewelry, found in the boot area of the vehicle, was seized and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the driver.

Clothing

- 37 pairs of trousers and 78 blouses, found during control of a Macedonian registered truck, driven by a Macedonian citizen at the border crossing point Tabanovce, entrance section. The undeclared clothing, found on the bed covered with a blanket and on the shelves above the dashboard were seized and misdemeanor proceedings will be initiated against the driver.

- 226 pieces of clothing (shorts, bermuda shorts and T-shirts), detected by the Customs Mobile Teams during a control of a Macedonian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national, near the Marvinci road junction. The products, for which the driver did not have a document of origin and paid import duties, were found in nylon bags placed on the back seat and in the boot of the vehicle. They have been seized and a request for infringement proceedings will be filed against the driver.

- 82 pieces of different clothing (men's trousers and tops, men's and women's handbags, women's underwear, swimwear and dresses, children's jeans, tracksuits and football shirts and bottoms), detected during control of a Macedonian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national, declared for entry into the country at the border crossing point Medjitlija. The undeclared clothes, concealed in the boot, under a suitcase, were seized and appropriate proceedings were initiated against the driver

Mobile phones and their spare parts

- 7 mobile phones and 40 mobile phone spare parts (batteries, screens and protective film), detected by the Customs Mobile Teams during control of a Macedonian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national at the border crossing point Blace, entrance section. The undeclared products, found in the compartment under the armrest between the front seats and in a nylon bag placed in the boot of the vehicle, were seized and a request for initiation of misdemeanor proceedings will be brought against the driver.

Other goods

- 330 pieces of plastic caps, found during inspection of a Macedonian registered bus, traveling from Belgrade to Skopje, driven by a Macedonian national at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway, entrance section. The undeclared goods, found in a cardboard box in the boot area were impounded and appropriate proceedings were initiated against the driver.

- 274 pieces of different cosmetic products (artificial eyelashes, eyelash glue, mascara and liquid powder), found during control of a Macedonian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national at the border crossing point Jazince, entrance section. The undeclared goods, found in passenger bags placed in the boot, were seized and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the driver. 

Devizi, mobilna
Devizi, mobilna
Devizi, Tabanovce
Devizi, Tabanovce
Kozmetika, Jazince
Kozmetika, Jazince
Mobilni telefoni i delovi, mobilna
Mobilni telefoni i delovi, mobilna
Nakit Swarovski, Blace
Nakit Swarovski, Blace
Obleka, Medjitlija
Obleka, Medjitlija
Obleka, mobilna
Obleka, mobilna
Plasticni rozetni, Tabanovce
Plasticni rozetni, Tabanovce
Razni elektricni aparati i alat, mobilna
Razni elektricni aparati i alat, mobilna
Turbina za kamion, Tabanovce
Turbina za kamion, Tabanovce
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