Within 26th- 27th January 2022, representatives of Customs Administrations, the business community, agencies and institutions involved in customs procedures from the Western Balkan countries took part on an online Workshop on Single Window and Data Exchange, organized by the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia in cooperation with UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). The workshop was also attended by senior officials from the European Commission, the World Bank, CEFTA and other partners.

Every year, customs services around the world celebrate 26th January – the International Customs Day, through specially organized activities. This year the International Customs Day  is celebrated  under the theme "Scaling up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem”.

Several legal entities made great efforts during this extremely difficult year thus assisting Customs in its daily operation. Hence, the Customs Administration decided to award representatives of external institutions and organizations with Certificates of Merit on behalf of the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization, Kunio Mikuria for standing out in establishing a sustainable and constructive business environment and finding solutions to deal with the COVID 19 crisis. Certificates will be awarded to Dr. Irina Sotirova Buhova - State Sanitary and Health Inspectorate, Olivera Miovska - AMERIT, Biljana Muratovska - MAKAMTRANS, Damjan Sotirovski - Betasped, Vlatko Serafimovski - Multisped, Marija Stojkovska – Dauti, Ana Malceva-Marinkovic - Office of the Prime Minister, Solza Kovacevska - Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Nikola Nikolov - Ministry of Information Society and Administration, Nadica Velevska - Ministry of Information Society and Administration.

Certificates of Merit will also be awarded to 5 customs officers - Zlatko Popovic, Suzane Alili, Renezijana Kiprijanova, Vesna Stanoeva and Olivera Chalovska, who have made particular efforts to implement projects in recent years that mean digital transformation and exchange of information and data between the state agencies and other customs administrations.

On the occasion of the International Customs Day – 26th January we are conveying the messages from Mr. Kunio Mikuria, Secretary General of the WCO and by Ms. Slavica Kutirov, Director General of the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia.

Message from WCO Secretary General Dr.Kunio Mikuriya

Message from Customs Director General M-r Slavica Kutirov

Video with Certificate recipients

 

 

  

The Customs Administration successfully completed 2021, with 103.47 billion Denars or 1.68 billion Euros total revenues collected as customs duties, VAT, excise duties and other fees on imports and internal trade. The collected revenues in 2021 are 24.70% higher compared to 2020 and 12.81% more compared to 2019.

During detailed customs control of a freight motor vehicle declared for exit from the country at BCP Dojran, yesterday a mobile customs team from the Control and Investigation Sector of the Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia prevented an attempt for smuggling of 139 kg of marijuana.

The drugs were seized and after gathering evidence and determining all the circumstances of the event, appropriate criminal charges will be filed against the suspect under Article 215 of the Criminal Law.

 

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As part of the activities envisaged by the Memorandum of Cooperation with the Mother Teresa University from Skopje, the Customs Administration organized a presentation on "The Customs Administration’s process of reform, modernization and digitalization " for 4th year students in the area of customs, freight forwarding and insurance.