Skopje, 12 април 2017
The Customs Administration of the Republic of Macedonia celebrates 25 years as an independent state authority. On this occasion, today (12/04/2017) a traditional ceremony took place at the amphitheater of the Customs Administration which was attended by high state officials, the ministries, the diplomatic corps, representatives of science and the business community, the board of directors of the Customs Administration, other partners and friends of Customs. Since its beginnings and independence of April 14, 1992, Customs has grown into a modern customs administration over the years.
The Minister of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia Mr. Kiril Minoski opened the ceremony and congratulated the jubilee to the customs officers. In his address speech, he noted that despite the changes and challenges taking place in society and the economy over the years, the Customs Administration has managed to develop in a modern and efficient institution.
Customs Director General, Ms. Natasha Radeska-Krstevka referred to the successful work of the Customs Administration in 2016 in her address, noting that the results are visible and measurable. She emphasised the most prominent successes from 2016 – the maintained 27th position of the Republic of Macedonia in the latest Doing Business at the indicator “Trading across borders” among 190 countries of the world, the remarkable success in collection of duties that are in the competence of the Customs Administration - in 2016 Customs collected 72.9 billion, which is 8.5% more than the revenues collected in 2015 and for 5.5% more than the revenues planned to be collected for 2016. She also referred to the successfully completed two twinning projects: " Harmonization of the legislation and procedures with the Acquis and EU best practices related to excise"(IPA 2010) and " Finalization of the preparation for the accession to the Convention on a Common Transit Procedure and to the Convention for Simplification of Formalities in Trade in Goods "(IPA 2010).
During the ceremony, there was a presentation about the advancement of the system for selective controls, which resulted in reduction of the number of physical and documentary checks, while the percentage of shipments processed through the green channel (free passage of goods) doubled from 35% to 75%. At the same time, the number of detected irregularities and additional collection of customs and other duties increased.
Traditionally, on this day, Customs expresses its gratitude to institutions and individuals whose work contributed to the successes of the Customs Administration and d supported reforms in customs matters. On behalf of the Customs Administration, the Director General Radeska Krstevka awarded 2 Plaques and 10 certificates of Merit.
As part of this year's Customs Day, a blood donation campaign was successfuly organised in which over 150 customs officers showed their humanity.