Today on 29th August 2017, at the Customs Administration’s Headquarters, the Director General of the Customs Administration Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski and Mr. George R. Clarke, Regional Advisor of the Export Control and Related Border Security Programme (EXBS) held a working meeting.

The discussion at the meeting was focused on the cooperation between the U.S. Embassy and the Customs Administration, within the framework of the Export Control and Related Border Security Programme established in 2004. A Grant Agreement for donation of equipment for the Customs Administration (with a value of 55,874.67 U.S. Dollars) was also signed.

The equipment that is intended for prevention of illicit trafficking of goods consists of 2 videoscope inspection systems for control, 4 kits of density measuring equipment, 5 sets of elementary inspection equipment and 5 radiation detection pagers.

This equipment which is regularly used by the customs officers, will contribute to more efficient and more effective fight against the trans-border crime and achievement of better results in the activities of detecting and preventing illicit trade and protecting the borders.

The participants agreed also about the need to reinforce the cooperation in the forthcoming period, with the aim to improve the operational capacities of the Customs Administration and reach more remarkable results in the field of protection of the borders and society in general, as well as in the area of international trade facilitation.

In the past ten years the EXBS Programme supported numerous trainings and provided several donations of equipment by the U.S. Embassy, thus assuring an operational equipment for the Customs Administration with a value of about 3 million U.S. Dollars, which is used in the every day working activities of the customs officers, as a support to the customs operations and fulfilment of the Customs Administration’s obligations and made efforts. 

 

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