On 14th April - Macedonian Customs Day, the Customs Administration marks the 26th anniversary of its establishment as an independent state agency.

On this occasion, today (11th April 2018), a ceremony was organized at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje that was attended by high state officials, the Government, the ministries, diplomatic corps, representatives of the science and business community, the board of Directors of the Customs Administration and other associates and friends of the Customs Administration.

The Minister of Finance Dr. Dragan Tevdovski opened the event, pointing out that the Ministry of Finance will continue with the reforms in this sector, and with investment and expert support for Customs, emphasizing that the new challenges arising from the rapid globalization of trade and financial systems can be addressed jointly because these impose new expectations from the Macedonian Government and the wider community in the fight against illegal financial flows, organized crime and tax evasion.

At the ceremony, special attention was given to the digitalization of Customs, i.e. "Customs before and Customs now". Celebrating the Customs Day, we remembered the beginnings of Customs. Several retired customs officers talked about the process of digitalisation, and then Customs Director General, Mr. Gjoko Tanasoski spoke about the new era of digital customs, emphasizing that it significantly changed the way Customs operates. The ultimate goal of digitalization is possibility for better communication for the Customs Administration, easier processing at customs clearance, reception and exchange of information, coordinated border activities, cooperation in the field of law enforcement.

The Director General also said that the Digital Customs Initiative aims to replace paper customs procedures by electronic procedures, thereby creating a more efficient and modern Customs environment in line with the global developments. At the same time, he referred to the achieved results in 2017, but also to what the priorities in the forthcoming period.

At the end, Director General Tanasoski congratulated the Customs Day to the customs officers and wished them to be proud bearers of the changes to a better life in the Republic of Macedonia.

Part of the ceremony was the topic "Everyday Heroes" and several customs officers talked about the situations and events they face in their day-to-day work.

On the occasion of the 14th of April – the Macedonian Customs Day we organized several events.

Three campaigns are underway: "Stop counterfeits", "Report corruption", "Don’t be a mule", aimed at raising the public awareness about the fight against counterfeiting, corruption and the harmful effects of drug trafficking.

On 13th April, we organized a blood donation action under the motto "Your Blood Saves Life"


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On 5th April 2018, delegations of the Customs Administrations of the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Albania had a bilateral meeting in Korcha, Albania. The objective of the meeting of the delegations led by the Directors General of the two services was to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries, established under the Agreement on bilateral customs cooperation between the two countries, and the CEFTA free trade agreement and the cooperation at the border crossing points..

On the occasion of the 14th April – the Macedonian Customs Day, we are organizing several events to mark 26 years of independent Customs Administration of the Republic of Macedonia.

Last week, the customs officers prevented several attempts for smuggling, seizing foreign currencies, music mixer, parts for concrete mixer, apparel, footwear, bags and belts.

On 30th March 2018, a working meeting was organised in the premises of the Customs Administration in order to introduce the provisions of the new Draft Law on Excise, which is in the final phase of harmonization. The meeting was attended by producers and importers of alcoholic beverages in the Republic of Macedonia.