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PREVENTED ATTEMPT FOR TRAFFICKING OF MARIJUANA, DETECTED FRAUD, SEIZED CASH EXCISE GOODS AND OTHER
 
 


Skopje, 20.02.2017

Last week, the customs officers prevented an attempt for trafficking marijuana, detected customs fraud and several attempts for smuggling different goods, seizing cash, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, fresh vegetables, spare parts, circulars, license plates, water softener, clothing, wallets and counterfeits.

The following was seized:

Foreign currency
- 6.200 Euros found at the Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, during personal search of a Turkish national who intended to depart to Istanbul. In his trouser pockets, the customs officers found 16.200 Euros for which the passenger did not have any documents proving or confirming that the cash was declared upon entering the country. According to the regulations, 10,000 euros were returned to the passenger, an amount that a non-resident can freely take out from the country, and for the committed offense a misdemeanor proceedings were initiated.

- 3.950 Euros, found during personal search of two Macedonian citizens who arrived at the border crossing Dojran, exit section with a German registered car. In the pockets of one of the passengers, the customs officers found 4,950 Euros while 3,000 Euros were found in the pockets of the other passenger. The passengers failed to present document of origin for the money According to regulations, 2,000 Euros were returned to each passenger, an amount that residents can freely take out from the country. Requests for offence proceedings were submitted against the perpetrators.
- 3,000 Euros, found during personal search of a Macedonian citizen, driver of a Macedonian registered car, who arrived at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway, exit section. In his wallet, the customs officers found 5,000 euros, for which he did not present document proving the origin of the money. According to the regulations, 2,000 euros were returned to the passenger, an amount that residents can freely take out from the country. Offence proceedings will be initiated against the perpetrator from the violation.

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco
- 11.2 liters of whiskey (16 bottles of 700 ml) and 9.8 liters of vodka (14 bottles of 700 ml) without excise stamps, detected by the Customs Mobile Teams, during inspection of a Bulgarian registered car, driven by a Macedonian citizen, declared for entry into the country at the border crossing point Tabanovce motorway. The undeclared beverages were found in 5 cardboard boxes placed in the boot of the vehicle, among other personal belongings of the driver. They were seized and offence proceedings will be initiated against the driver.

- 9 cartons of cigarettes without excise stamps, found during inspection of a Greek registered car with two Greek nationals - spouses, declared for entrance in the country at the border crossing point Bogorodica. The undeclared cigarettes were found in the boot of the vehicle. They were seized and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the driver.

Fresh vegetables
- 8,889 kilograms of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, found in a Macedonian  refrigerator truck, loaded with fresh vegetables originating in Greece, declared for import clearance at the customs office Gevgelija. During the control, the customs officers found 456 boxes with 4,492 kg of fresh tomatoes and 274 crates with 4,397 kg of fresh cucumbers, which the importer – Skopje-based company, did not include in the import customs declaration. The goods were seized and a request for initiating misdemeanor proceedings was submitted against the importer.

Tools, spare parts and license plates
- 2 new electric circulars Einhell clasic and second-hand clutch and gearbox for Mercedes passenger cars, detected in a Macedonian van, driven by a Macedonian citizen at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway, entrance section. The undeclared goods that belonged to a passenger in the vehicle, Macedonian national, were found under the seats of the vehicle, covered with the luggage of passengers. The products were seized and appropriate action was initiated against the offender.

- set of Bulgarian registration plates and registration documents, found during inspection of a Bulgarian registered car, driven by a Macedonian citizen, declared for exit at the border crossing Delchevo. The plates and registration documents were found behind the passenger seat, belonging to a RENAULT MEGANE SCENIC. The driver said that he had sold the vehicle as waste in Kumanovo. This way, he evaded import duties for the vehicle. For the committed offense misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the driver.

Water softener
- 60 kg (2 cans) water softener was found during inspection of a Greek registered car, driven by a Greek citizen that arrived at the border crossing point Bogorodica, entrance section. The undeclared goods, found in the boot of the vehicle were seized and appropriate action will; be initiated against the perpetrator.

Clothing and wallets
- 79 pieces of clothing (jackets, vests and trousers) and 150 wallets, detected by a Customs Mobile Team, during inspection of a Macedonian bus, traveling from Thessaloniki - Skopje, declared for entrance at the border crossing point Bogorodica. The undeclared goods were found in five plastic bags, placed behind the seats of two Macedonian nationals who claimed ownership of the goods. requests for initiation of misdemeanor procedures were submitted against the two passengers.

Goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights
- 720 pairs of men and women’s sports shoes, bearing logo of protected trademarks, detected during inspection of a Macedonian truck, loaded with goods originating in China, destined for an importer from Kosovo, declared for entrance at the border crossing Dojran. The market value of suspicious products is estimated at about 1.8 million Denars, if sold as originals.
The shoes were seized and the Customs Administration initiated procedure for determining their authenticity, in accordance with the Law on Customs Measures for Protection of Intellectual Property Rights.

Fraud
An attempt for import duties evasion by incorrect tariff classification was foiled at the Customs Office Gevgelija.
Importer from Gevgelija declared for import clearance chocolates filled and non-filled including chocolate Milka Noisette 100 g, declared under tariff code with customs rate 9% customs duty per unit measure - 6.45 denars per kilogram (levies) and 5% VAT rate. Due to suspicions in the classification of chocolate Milka Noisette 100 g, a sample was taken and sent for analysis at the Customs Laboratory. The analysis concluded that all the chocolates should have been classified under tariff code with 15% customs duty rate per unit measure, 5.22 denars per kilogram (levies) and 5% VAT.
Based on the newly established tariff code, additional import duties amounting to about 15 thousand Denars were calculated. A Report on false tariff classification was drawn and misdemeanor procedeedings were conducted with a mandatory penalty against the importer.

Marijuana
Customs officers from the Operational Matters Department prevented an attempt for smuggling 3.5 grams of marijuana. On 13th February 2017 a Bulgarian car, with one Bulgarian and one Albanian citizen arrived at the border crossing point Blace, entrance section. During inspection of the vehicle, in a bag with food placed behind the driver's seat, the customs officers found a plastic bag with unknown green grassy substance, weighing about 3.5 grams, confirmed to be marijuana, by using a drug tester. The case was handed over to the Investigation Department for further processing.


 





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