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Press Release

Customs steps up on many fronts

08 April 2011

In recent weeks EULEX Customs Mobile Units working alongside Kosovo Customs -- at Kosovo’s border crossing points (BCPs), Pristina airport, Mitrovica and other terminals – have registered a number of successes in its main activities, namely mentoring, monitoring and advising (MMA) of Kosovo Customs.

MMA by EULEX Customs aims to strengthen and assist Kosovo Customs in attaining EU best practices. Examples of EULEX Customs undertaking MMA of Kosovo Customs includes mentoring and advising in relation to combating commercial fraud, introducing improved questioning of travelers, search procedures of vehicles, profiling and better intelligence.

EULEX Customs recent achievements, made jointly with Kosovo Customs, include the following:

  • On 28 March 2011 Euros 13,000 and on 29 March 2011, Euros 18,465 were detected on separate passengers at Pristina airport travelling to Istanbul. This resulted in respective fines of Euros 3,250 and Euros 4,616. On both occasions, the EULEX Customs Mobile Unit had requested that KC staff control the outbound passengers;

  • On 24 March 2011 counterfeit luxury brand imports from China, including shoes, clothing, handbags and belts, worth Euros 10,491, were detained at Pristina Airport as they violated Intellectual Property Rights;

  • Profiling of potential arms smugglers by EULEX Customs and Kosovo Customs FAST (Flexible Anti-Smuggling Teams) led to two recent detections at Qafa Prushit/ Cafa Prušit i and Vermica/Vrbnica BCPs respectively: a pistol hidden in engine bay in the first instance and a pump action shotgun and 65 cartridges in the boot of a vehicle at Vermica BCP;

  • Two cases of recent intervention by the EULEX Customs Mobile Unit uncovered 60 tons of out-of-date frozen beef designed for human consumption in Kosovo. A false certificate of origin claimed the meat came from Brazil although its origin was India. Prior to the detections, the EULEX Mobile Unit had highlighted that the imports of meat should be treated as risky and worthy of attention.