Last week, the customs officers foiled an attempt for customs fraud, illegal entry of migrants and several attempts for smuggling of various goods, seizing foreign currencies, kitchen knives, coffee machine parts, wallets, jewellery and counterfeits.

The Director General of the Customs Administration Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski had a meeting with Mr. Vladimir Pivovarov, National Coordinator of the National Border Management Coordination Center (NBMCC), a body of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia in charge of coordination and cooperation with the border institutions and authorities.

Last week, the customs officers detected several attempts for smuggling of various goods, seizing foreign currency, sporting rifles, leather belts, truck spare parts, cigarettes and counterfeits

Last week, the customs officers foiled several attempts for smuggling various goods, seizing foreign currencies, hunting ammunition, medical equipment, food products and counterfeits. 

Cash
- 3,900 Euros, found during control of a Macedonian registered car and personal search of the driver, a Macedonian national and his co- driver - a citizen of Kosovo, who arrived for exit from the country at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway. The co-driver reported to Customs that he was carrying 4,000 Euros, while the driver declared that he had 7,000 Euros on him, for which he submitted a document from authorized exchange office. During their personal search, only the declared 4,000 Euros were found on the Kosovo national, a sum that according to the regulations, non-residents can freely take out from the country. On the driver, besides the registered 7,000 euros, the customs officers found other 3,000 Euros in his inner jacket pocket. During the inspection of the vehicle, the customs officers found 900 Euros under the driver's passport between the front seats. 7,000 Euros for which he had a document of origin, were returned to the driver, while 3,900 Euros were impounded and a misdemeanor procedure was initiated for the committed foreign currency offense.

Hunting ammunition
- 475 pieces of hunting ammunition with 12/70 caliber, found during control of a Bulgarian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national, declared for entrance at the border crossing point Bogorodica. The undeclared ammunition, found in several bags, placed in front of and on the back seat of the vehicle, was seized, and an appropriate procedure will be initiated against the driver.

Medical equipment and spare parts
- 1 device for stopping bleeding and 15 parts for the same (pedal, electrode cable, electrodes, sterile earthing cord, medical bipolar cable and electric tweezers), detected during control of a Macedonian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national, declared for entrance in the country, at the border crossing point Jazince. The undeclared goods, found in 2 plastic bags, placed under the driver's seat, were seized and a misdemeanor procedure was initiated against the driver.

Food products
- 42 kg of fresh meat and 42 kg of confectionery, found during inspection of a Macedonian registered car, driven by a Macedonian national, declared for entrance at the border crossing point Blace. The undeclared goods, found in the boot and behind the front seats of the vehicle, were seized, and a misdemeanor procedure was initiated against the driver.

 

Goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights
- 34 women's bags bearing logo of protected trademarks, found during inspection of a German truck transporting vehicles, driven by a Serbian national, declared for entrance in the country at the border crossing point Bogorodica. The truck was loaded with broken vehicles, and the products in question were found in one of the vehicles loaded on the truck. Due to suspicion that the products infringe intellectual property rights, they were seized and a procedure for determining their authenticity will be initiated in accordance to the regulations.
The market value of the products is estimated at around 400 thousand Denars, if sold as original ones.

Today (04.10.2017) at the premises of the Customs Administration, the Director General of the Customs Administration, Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski had a working meeting with H.E. Zakia El Midaoui, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco for Macedonia, headquartered in Sofia