04 April 2018 – Continuous engagement of ECHNWM in the protection of business interests still gives its results here. ECNWM along with other local chambers in the country under the USAID project “Partnership for Better a Business Regulation” project sent to the Customs Administration of Republic of Macedonia problems identified by companies, this time dealing with fines during customs offenses.
At the initiative of the project, the Customs Administration of the Republic of Macedonia analyzed the submitted proposals and prepared a draft law on changes to the Customs Law, which is currently in the process. By this law, Article 264 is amended, where instead of issuing the mandatory payment order will be issued an offense payment order.
As a consequence, additional categorization of violations will be made according to the weight of the violation committed and a two-way effect is achieved:
- fines are halved, for the perpetrator who accepts the offense pays only half the fine;
- the perpetrator who does not accept the violation and does not want to pay the fine has the right to defend his interests before the offense body of the Customs Administration, or above in the State Commission, as well as in the Administrative Court and the Supreme Administrative Court.
With the very fact that the perpetrator is enabled to protect his rights, the question is also raised that with this procedure the relevant and mitigating circumstances will be evaluated. On the other hand, customs offenses related to the issuance of deadlines, with these changes significantly reduces the fine which will be 50 euros for legal entities and 15 euros for responsible persons or natural persons.