Today, at the premises of the Customs Administration the Director General of the Customs Administration, Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski, and the Ambassador of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Skopje, Mr. Clemens Koja had a protocolary meeting.

During the past two weeks, the customs officers detected several attempts for smuggling various goods, seizing foreign currencies, automobile spare parts, cargo fasteners, electric motors, mobile phones, dental supplies, fresh fruits and vegetables, used skiing clothing and counterfeits.

On 7th December 2018 the Director General of the Customs Administration Gjoko Tanasoski and the Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, Anita Angelovska-Bezoska had a meeting at the Customs Administration.

 

The Customs Administration in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior prevented an attempt for smuggling of narcotics at the Skopje Airport in Skopje. Over 2 kg of cocaine has been detected and seized.

On 5th December 2018, at about 20.30h, a citizen of the Republic of Venezuela who arrived with a flight from Zürich was selected and searched. During the search, nearly 2 kg of white powder was found in his baggage, which was tested with a drug tester establishing presence of cocaine hydrochloride, indicating that the unknown substance is cocaine.

After the case was taken over by inspectors from the Investigation Department of the Customs Administration, and upon order of a Public Prosecutor, the unknown powder was handed over for laboratory analysis which confirmed that it is cocaine.

The value of the seized drugs on the black market in the Republic of Macedonia is around 140,000 Euros, while the retail price could be multiplied several times reaching about 570,000 Euros.

The Customs Administration of the Republic of Macedonia filed criminal charges to the competent Public Prosecutor's Office against the suspect charging him with "Unauthorized production and release for sale of narcotics, psychotropic substances and precursors".

 

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Facilitation of administrative customs procedures and acceleration of cross-border transport of goods are only few of the benefits of the introduction of the concept of Authorized Economic Operator, stated the Deputy Prime Minister in charge for Economic Affairs, Kocho Angjushev, PhD and Customs Director General Gjoko Tanasoski, at today's fourth workshop organized to present the concept that is being introduced for the first time in the Republic of Macedonia to the business community.