At the invitation of Customs Director General Sugareski, the Public Prosecutor Ljubomir Joveski visited the Customs Administration today. Director General and the Public Prosecutor discussed ways to strengthen the joint efforts for investigation and prosecution, capacity building and coordination of the competent authorities.

The sniffer dogs visited the Customs Administration today together with their handlers.

The 5 dogs Jerry, Baron, Pimbo, Aron and Ruff have been part of the Customs Administration since 2000 and are of particular importance because they are used to protect borders and prevent illicit transport of narcotics. They have participated in several actions, 90% of which have been successful.

This year Jerry is retiring, and the mobile teams unit of the Customs Administration will be joined by 4 new dogs, donation from Germany. These 9-month-old dogs are specially trained to detect specific substances.

The Director General of the Customs Administration and representatives of the Control and Investigation Sector expressed their support for the customs officers from the mobile team responsible for the drug sniffing dogs. This unit in the Customs Administration is of particular importance in the fight against crimes and misdemeanors.

 

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The Director General of the Customs Administration, Goran Sugareski met today with the Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski. The purpose of the meeting was to promote the cooperation and the processes that the Customs Administration has with all institutions with which it cooperates as stipulated under the law.

Joint activities and the manner of cooperation, collaboration at border crossings and along the border line, cross-border traffic control, one-stop control, cooperation to prevent and combat criminal activities and offenses, were the topic of today's meeting between Interior Minister Oliver Spasovski and Customs Director General Goran Sugareski.

"The good inter-institutional cooperation so far will continue in terms of future ways to effectively take immediate joint activities to protect the state border of the Republic of North Macedonia, strengthen anti-corruption activities, prevent and detect organized and other types of crime, facilitae and accelerate the movement of goods and passengers and more efficient use of available resources, "said Sugareski.

The Minister reiterated the focus on fight against crime and corruption with the creation of the National Center for Fight against Corruption based in the Ministry of Interior, which includes all institutions with powers of prosecution and investigation to combat corruption, which, of course, includes the Customs Administration.

„"Our institutions, which stand side by side in their competencies and legal obligations in the fight against corruption and organized crime, must continue their activities intensively and the results of that fight will be the results of our country as a whole," said Minister Spasovski.

It was pointed out that the Interior Ministry and the Customs Administration will continue to create modern solutions and techniques that exclude the human factor, such as the planned equipping of all border crossings for police and customs, with the so-called "Body cameras" and a software solution that will monitor the work of employees.

Both sides emphasized that a successful fight against organized crime and corruption requires stronger cooperation with the Public Prosecutor's Office, which is expected to reach a higher level.

The progress of the six major future projects of permanent cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the Customs Administration was also discussed at the meeting in order to ensure their continuous successful implementation.

 

 

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Today, 29th January 2021, Customs Director General Goran Sugareski, visited the Regional Customs House Gevgelija. The purpose of this visit was for the Director to get acquainted with the capacities of the Customs House, the border crossing point Bogorodica and the Customs Office Gevgelija - for clearance of goods and to discuss the current and planned projects.
 
Director General Sugareski had a meeting with the heads of the customs offices and the customs officers from all the offices from Customs House Gevgelija and with the Head of the Customs House Ms.Tanja Ilijoska.

 

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The Customs Administration of the Republic of North Macedonia joined the celebrations of the 26th of January - International Customs Day. This time, unlike any other year this day is dedicated to the joint efforts of Customs aimed at emerging from the global COVID 19 pandemic and supporting people and businesses by strengthening the global supply chain, reinforcing collaboration, harnessing technology and putting “people” at the centre of the transformation process under the slogan "Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain”.

Based on all the efforts undertaken by the customs officials during this extremely difficult year, as well as by several legal entities that supported Customs, the Customs Administration decided this year to award Certificates of Merit of the WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuria, under the stated motto "Customs bolstering Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain" to customs officials, institutions and organizations, which with their activities stood out as credited in establishing a sustainable and constructive business environment and finding solutions to deal with the crisis caused by the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Director General of the Customs Administration, Goran Sugareski, MSc. awarded the Certificates of Merit to the following institutions and persons:

 

  • Customs Office Kjafasan 5071 - for achieved good results in the daily operations during 2020, in conditions of COVID 19, in the area of detective actions, Reports on customs offenses and implementation of the Green Corridors project.
  • Vitaminka AD Prilep, a company that successfully obtained the status of Authorized Economic Operator in 2020 (Customs simplifications, security and safety)
  • Ultra, for the urgent development of the Covid Module and
  • The manager of the companies Victoria Sped and Falcon Logistics - Gino Skrielj, for their activities and work organization, stand out in establishing a sustainable and constructive business environment and finding solutions to deal with the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in by introducing shift work and maximum measures for protection of its employees and customers, ensuring uninterrupted flow of goods, delivery of shipments to the door in order to prevent the spread of the virus and the introduction of paperless operations in times of crisis with Covid- 19.
  • Ognen Naumov and Valdet Ademi - for their active and dedicated work on the  implementation of all prohibitions and restrictions related to pandemic prevention, installation of export prohibitions and restrictions, implementation of a series of foreign trade measures to prevent the pandemic, but also the  implementation of the Law on Motor Vehicle Taxation and the Law on Registration of Foreign Vehicles.
  • Gjorgji Naumovski and Ofelija Bajo - for their active work on the implementation of digital solutions for e-customs and paperless customs environment, as a means for smooth movement of goods across the border
  • Lidija Lekoska and Irina Nelkovska - for active and great participation in the negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom, transitional rules of origin with the EU, Brexit, in order for the smooth running of trade
  • Zorica Ashikovska and Jane Sazdov - for the implementation of the Covid Module in EXIM
  • Zdravko Veljanovski - for timely implementation and support of users for the application of video conferencing tools Webex and Teams
  • Aleksandra Ilievska Mishkovska and Bekim Haziri - for establishing a sustainable and constructive business environment and finding solutions to deal with theCOVID 19, in particularly difficult working conditions
  • Maja Dimcheva and Ljupcho Chingoski - who distinguished themselves with their activities and work organization in establishing a sustainable and constructive business environment and finding solutions to deal with the COVID 19 crisis in particularly difficult working conditions.
  • Ilija Janoski - for successful leadership and participation in the activities of the Department for International Cooperation. Last year, exceptional success was achieved in the interest of the Customs Administration, in all areas of operation of the Department: strengthened cooperation at the international level, planning and preparation of documentation for IPA 3 fund projects, coordination for smooth and timely implementation of ongoing projects, timely reactions to provide translation and correspondence with all services at international level, data collection and preparation of necessary reports to the EU.