Last two weeks, the customs officers detected several attempts for smuggling of various goods, seizing foreign currencies, silver jewelry, mechanic and welding equipment, automobile spare parts, tools, cigarettes, coffee, technical goods, cosmetics, gas pistol ammunition, dietary supplements and counterfeits.

The following goods were seized:

Foreign currency and silver jewelry

- EUR 7,400, found at the Skopje International Airport, during personal search of a Macedonian citizen who intended to fly to Ljubljana. EUR 9,400 were found in the passenger's wallet, for which he did not have any document concerning the origin of the money. In accordance with the regulations, EUR 2,000 was returned to the passenger, an amount that a resident can freely take out from the country, and a misdemeanor procedure will be initiated for the committed misdemeanor.

- EUR 7,300, found during personal search of a Macedonian citizen, driving a Bulgarian registered car, declared for exit from the country at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway. EUR 9,300 was found in the driver's handbag, for which he did not have any document concerning the origin of the money. In accordance with the regulations, EUR 2,000 was returned to the driver, as an amount that a resident can freely take out from the country, and a misdemeanor procedure will be initiated against him for the committed misdemeanor.

- 209 pieces of silver jewellery (chains, bracelets, earrings and ring) weighing 2,150 grams, found during control of a Macedonian registered bus travelling from Istanbul to Ohrid, declared for entrance in the country at the border crossing point Bogorodica. The undeclared jewellery was found inside a pillow on the bus. The jewellery has been seized, and a misdemeanor procedure will be initiated against the passenger

Mechanic equipment, vehicle spare parts, electric tools and welding equipment

- 1 test kit and ultrasonic vehicle gasoline nozzle cleaner, 1 set of inox fitting valve with screws and washers, 1 welding gun, 25kg welding wire, 38 steel joints and 1 second-hand truck turbine, detected in three separate cases during control of two cars and one truck, declared for entrance in the country at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway.

In the first case, in the truck’s cab, loaded on towing truck, driven by a Macedonian citizen, the customs officers found 1 set of testers and an ultrasonic cleaner of vehicle gasoline nozzles.

In the second case, a Macedonian citizen arrived at the border crossingpoint, driving a Swiss registered car with a trailer loaded with goods for which he submitted an international transit document and photographs. The driver stated that there was nothing else to declare to Customs, but during the inspection of the car, the customs officers found 1 set of inox fitting valve with screws and washers, 1 welding gun, 25 kilograms of welding wire and 38 pieces of steel joints.

In the third case, a second-hand turbine for BORGWARNER truck was found behind the driver's seat of a Serbian car, driven by a Serbian citizen.

In all three cases, the undeclared goods were seized, and appropriate procedures will be initiated against the drivers.

- 80 used car tires and 39 different second-hand tools, detected in two separate cases by the mobile customs teams.

In the first case, during control of a shipment of used tires from Switzerland, destined for an importer from Skopje, declared for import clearance at the Customs Office Skopje 3, 80 used car tires were found that were not covered by the customs documents.

The undeclared tires have been seized, and a request for initiation of a misdemeanor procedure  will be initiated against the importer. 

In the second case, in the loading area and in the cab of a Macedonian truck, driven by a Macedonian citizen, declared for entrance at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway, 39 pieces of various used tools were found (motor and electric chainsaws, circuits, drills, grindersetc.). The undeclared goods have been sized and a request for initiation of a misdemeanor procedure will be filed against the driver.

Cigarettes and coffee in beans

- 82 cartons of OME, Karelia slims, Stuyvesant, Marlboro cigarettes without excise stamps and 1,200 grams of George Kareliaz tobacco, detected in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, during control of a Greek registered car, driven by a Greek national, declared for entry at the border crossing point Bogorodica. The undeclared cigarettes found in the factory made cavities in the doors and rear wings and in a specially made space behind the instrument board were seized and a request for initiation of a misdemeanor procedure was filed against the driver.

- 29 boxes of Wiston, Lucky Strike and West cigarettes with Kosovo excise stamps, found at the Skopje International Airport, during inspection of the luggage of a Kosovo citizen who intended to fly to Copenhagen. The undeclared cigarettes were seized and a misdemeanor procedure will be initiated against the passenger.

- 190 kilograms of CAFFE ERON coffee in beans (190 packs of kilogram), found during control of an Italian registered pickup truck, driven by a Macedonian national, declared for entrance at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway. The undeclared coffee, found in 5 cardboard boxes placed in the boot of the vehicle, behind personal belongings and used tile cutting machine that the driver reported, have been seized, and an appropriate procedure will be initiated against the driver.

Technical goods

- 25 mini computers Raspberry Pi 3, 26 SD cards Kingston 8gb, 1 set of toy camera console, monitor, joysticks and headphones, 3 pieces of power tools, 3 speakers, two microphones, 2 speaker stands and 1 watch, found in three separate cases during control of two cars and one truck, declared for entrance into the country at the Tabanovce Motorway border crossing.

In the first case, 25 mini-computers Raspberry Pi 3 and 26 SD cards Kingston 8GB were found in a bag placed in the boot of a Macedonian car, driven by a Macedonian citizen.

In the second case, on the back seats and in the boot of a Bulgarian car, driven by a Macedonian national, the customs officers found 1 set of a toy camera, monitor, joystick and headset, 1 grinder, 1 set of 2 drills and 1 speaker set of a speaker and two microphones.

In the third case, 1 MICHAEL KORS ACCESS-Mens Smart watch, 2 wireless Sonos One speakers and 2 Sonos FLEXSON speakers were found on the bed in the cab of a Macedonian truck, driven by a Macedonian national.

In all three cases, the undeclared goods were seized, and appropriate procedures will be initiated against the drivers.

Apparel and cosmetics

- 125 tracksuit sets, detected during control of a Macedonian registered bus traveling from Novi Pazar - Istanbul, declared for entrance in the country at the border crossing point Blace. The undeclared goods, found in the vehicle toilet, were seized, and a misdemeanor procedure will be initiated against the Serbian citizen, who stated that the products are his property. 

- 57 perfumes and eau de toilets Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Dior, Bvlgari, Lancôme, Givenchy, Paco Rabanne etc., found during inspection of a Macedonian car, in which 6 Macedonian citizens arrived at the border crossing point Bogorodica - entrance section, The undeclared goods were found in two handbags and three bags, that belonged to one of the  passengers in the vehicle. They are seized and a misdemeanor procedure will be initiated against the perpetrator.

Gas Gun ammunition 

- 300 pieces of 9 mm gas gun ammunition, detected during control of a Macedonian passenger van, owned by a company from Skopje for passenger transport from Skopje - Istanbul - Skopje, declared for entrance in the country at the border crossing point Bogorodica. The ammunition was found in a passenger bag located next to the driver's seat. It was seized a request for initiation of a misdemeanor procedure was filed against the driver - a Macedonian citizen.

Dietary supplements

- 1.740 Nigella nutritional supplements, detected by the mobile customs teams, during control of a Macedonian registered bus traveling from Prishtina to Skopje, declared for entrance in the country at the border crossing point Blace. The undeclared supplements, the import of which is subject to a license, were found in a suitcase owned by a Macedonian national traveling on the bus. They were seized, and a request for initiation of a misdemeanor procedure will be filed against the passenger.

Goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights

- 117 plastic marks for passenger vehicles bearing logo of protected trademark, detected by the mobile customs teams, during control of goods originating in China, destined for an importer from Ohrid, declared for import clearance at the Customs Office Ohrid. The products were seized due to suspected infringement of intellectual property rights, and in accordance with the regulations, the Customs Administration will initiate a procedure for verification of their authenticity.

- 3 watches bearing logo of protected trademarks, found at the Customs Office Airport Skopje - Section for goods customs clearance, during control of DHL shipment from a Hong Kong consignor, destined for an individual from Skopje. The watches were seized due to suspicion that they violate intellectual property rights, and in accordance with the regulations, the Customs Administration will initiate a procedure for verification of their authenticity. 

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