Today, 14th of April, the Customs Administration marks 28 years of independence, sovereignty and control over the customs territory of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Faced with the fact that this year, unfortunately, due to the situation that is known to all of us, the traditional festive event has been canceled, we decided to celebrate the Customs anniversary in a slightly different way.

The Director General of the Customs Administration, Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski, through a video message addressed the customs officers, associates, participants in the customs procedures, as well as all citizens. In the video message, the Director Tanasoski congratulated all customs officials on the anniversary, and referred to the results achieved over the past year.

One of the greatest achievements of the Customs Administration in 2019 is the digitalization of customs operations through the creation of conditions for paperless customs operations with the introduction of the new Customs Declarations and Excise Documents processing System - CDEPS, which began to be applied on 1st of June. Significant success is that the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia has been elected Chair of the Subcommittee on Customs and Rules of Origin within CEFTA for 2020, which has a major impact on the facilitation of national and cross-border trade.

In 2019, work was done on improving the legislation, and the consistency in its implementation gave visible results through the collection of revenues. Namely, the collection in the past year was above the planned, i.e.:

6.01 billion Denars or EUR 97.72 million in customs revenue,

55 billion Denars or EUR 894 million in VAT revenue,

30 billion Denars or EUR 488 million in excise duties collected

788 million Denars or EUR 12.8 million from other fees.

Or a total of EUR 1.5 billion revenue during 2019. 

One of the more significant benefits for the society was the introduction of "One stop shop" at the border crossing Tabanovce. Over the past year, there has been a promotion of an Authorized Economic Operator (AEO), a benefit for companies that has resulted in 11 companies acquiring AEO status. Last year, a new Law on Excise Duties was introduced, fully compliant with the excise legislation of the European Union, as well as a special law on motor vehicle taxation - the first law with an environment friendly component, with the ultimate goal of restoring the country's motor pool and thus reducing pollution. .

The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Nina Angelovska and the WCO Secretary, Mr. Kunio Mikurija   also addressed a video message and congratulations on the successful operation. 

Acknowledgments were presented to the customs officers marking 10, 20 and 30 years of their service, in recognition of their commitment to the duty of customs officer and support to society, protection of citizens and the economy and support of all border services.

The celebration of the Customs Administration anniversary was used this year as an opportunity to express gratitude to our permanent associates and partners, as well as to reward the customs officers and turned out to be especially distinguished in performing their work tasks.


During this period, when we are facing one of the biggest challenges in the existence of the country - the coronavirus pandemic, customs officials have once again shown their solidarity. Through a humanitarian action of the employees of the Customs Administration, in cooperation with the Red Cross of the Republic of North Macedonia, 50 food packages were awarded to the most affected citizens in this situation - the elderly and infirm. .

The Customs Administration will continue to work on fulfilling the global imperatives for dealing with economic, environmental, health and social challenges, while increasing the existing efforts to more effectively deal with all procedures within our competence.

Click here to see the Annual Report of the Customs Administration