Today, Customs Director General Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski and the Regional Director of SNB REACTMs. Eli Mufishovski, signed a Memorandum of understanding and cooperation in prevention of trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

SNB REACT from the Netherlands (a non-profit business association with over 270 members whose aim is to protect consumers and legitimate businesses in the fight against counterfeit and pirated goods) and the Customs Administration have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly strengthen and create favorable conditions for harmonization and deepening the cooperation for protection and prevention of import, transit, export, sale and production of products that violate the intellectual property rights of SNB REACT members.

The memorandum was signed during the opening session of the training on identification original and counterfeit products, organized by SNB REACT and designed to present the brands and to share more detailed information on the origin of their products. The event in Skopje was organized with the objective to present the coordination of REACT activities and its members among all stakeholders and to contribute to maintaining a close relationship with our country's collaborators.

In his address, Director General Tanasoski reminded that the Customs Administration constantly works on improving the system of customs measures for protection of intellectual property rights. As an example he stated that during last year in 58 cases the customs officers seized 175,750 pieces and 2,506 kg. of different types of goods due to reasonable suspicion that the products violate intellectual property rights. He also stated that the Customs Administration regularly organizes awareness-raising campaigns on the harmfulness of counterfeit products, and preventive actions by warning consumers of the dangers of widespread infringement of intellectual property rights. He saluted the cooperation with SNB REACT which is successfully implemented through various joint activities.