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Skopje, 19.04.2017 г.

Last week, the customs officers discovered four cases of customs fraud and several attempts for smuggling, seizing foreign currencies, home-made brandy, fruit machine spare parts, spray and solution for injection for animals, herbicides and counterfeits.

The seized goods include:

Foreign currencies

- 12.700 Euros found on a Turkish national who intended to depart to Istanbul from Skopje Alexander the Great Airport. In the front and back right pocket of the passenger’s trousers, the customs officers found 22,700 Euros for which he could not present any document of origin or certificate that the cash had been reported upon entry in the country. According to the regulations, 10,000 euros were returned to the passenger as an amount that a non-resident can freely take out from the country. For the violation, misdemeanor procedure was initiated.

- 5,000 euros, found in a car with German license plates, driven by a Macedonian citizen, declared for exit at the border crossing point Tabanovce Motorway. In one of the handbag compartments, the customs officers found 7,000 euros, for which the owner did not have documents of origin. According to regulations, 2,000 euros were returned to the passenger as an amount that a resident can freely take out from the country. For the violation, misdemeanor procedure was initiated.

Alcoholic beverages

- 18 litres of brandy, found in a truck with Macedonian license plates, driven by a Macedonian citizen, declared for exit at the border crossing point Dojran. The undeclared goods were found in the right side of the tractor storage place, and in the upper bed and the floor of the cabin. They were seized and appropriate procedure will be initiated against the driver.

Other goods

- 333 spare parts for fruit machines (cables with connectors, graphics cards, motherboards, aluminum plates, banknotereaders, plastic logos, memory and SIM cards), found at the Skopje Alexander the Great Airport, during inspection of his luggage Macedonian citizen who arrived from Dubai. The goods were seized and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the passenger.

- 12 sprays for wounds and infections in animals(Chlortetraciline 200 ml) and 3 bottles of 100 ml solution for injection for animals (antibiotic Tilmicosin 300), found in a car with Macedonian license plates, driven by a Macedonian citizen, declared for entry at the border crossing point Jazhince. The undeclared goods were found under the upholstery in the back of the front passenger seat, under the driver's seat and in the area for first aid kit. They were seized and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the driver.

-12 bottles of herbicides of 1 liter, found in a car with Macedonian license plates, driven by a Macedonian citizen, declared for entrance at the border crossing point Delchevo. The undeclared goods were found in the glove compartment, under the passenger seat and under the back seats. They were seized and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the driver.

Goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights

- 144 pieces of women's shoes bearing protected trademark, found during inspection of a freight motor vehicle with Turkish license plates, declared for entrance at the border crossing Dojran, loaded with goods from a Turkish exporter, bound for Kosovo. The market value of questionable footwear is estimated at about 864,000 denars if sold as originals.

Customs frauds

Last week, four attempts for import duties evasion by incorrect tariff classification were discovered.

In two separate cases atthe Customs Office Gevgelija, an importer from Skopje declared for import clearance fertilizers for agriculture originating in Norway, declared in tariff codes with 0% customs duty rate and 5% VAT rate. The detailed examination of the goods and performed laboratory testing determined that some of the products should have been classified under different tariff code with 5% customs duty rate and 18% VAT rate and other products in different tariff codes with 3% customs duty rate and 18% VAT. Based on the newly established tariff codes additional import duties of 139,463 Denars were calculated for the first case and 170,056 Denars, in the second case. Misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the importer with fines. In the third case discovered at the Customs Office Gevgelija, an importer from Ohrid declared for import clearance spray nozzles originating from China, declared under tariff code with 0% customs duty rate and 18% VAT rate. The detailed examination of the goods and performed laboratory testing, showed that the products should have been classified under different tariff code with 8% customs duty rate and 18% VAT duty. Based on the newly established tariff code, additional import duties in the amount of 215,201 Denars were calculated, and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the importer with fine.

 

In the fourth case at the Customs Office Skopje 2, an importer from Skopje declared for import clearance insect nets for windows and doors, under tariff code with customs duties rate of 6.5% and VAT of 18%. During detailed examination of the goods, it was established that the products should have been classified in a different tariff code with 17.5% customs duty rate and 18% VAT rate. Based on the newly established tariff code, additional import duties in the amount of 131,324 Denars were calculated, and misdemeanor proceedings were initiated against the importer with fine . 





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