Thursday, February 25, 2021

PHOTO: 730 thousand smuggled cigarettes are banned from entering the country


On February 20 of this year, the officials of the Pāternieki customs control point, based on the results of the customs risk analysis, directed a truck for scanning.

According to the accompanying documents, it contained a load of pasta, instant noodles and a mixture for making potato porridge. The cargo was brought from Russia and was to be delivered to the consignee in the Kaliningrad region, Russia.

Examining the scanned images of the vehicle, the customs officials found that a large amount of smuggled cigarettes was hidden in the cargo between the packages of the declared goods.

As a result of in-depth inspections, 499,800 Premier cigarettes and 162,200 NZ Gold cigarettes with excise stamps of the Republic of Belarus were seized. The total quantity of cigarettes detected in the consignment is 662,000 pieces. (33,100 sachets).

On the same day, February 20, during the analysis of scanned images of a freight train arriving from Belarus, the officials of the Indra customs control point suspected a possible undeclared goods in a wagon with chips. The train was sent to Daugavpils freight station for control. After unloading the chips, 40,000 cigarettes (2,000 packets) “Premjer” were discovered in the consignment.

On February 19, at Daugavpils goods station, during the control of a freight train, customs officials opened a concealed cigarette concealment created in the construction of a wagon. It contained 28,200 cigarettes (1,410 packets) “NZ Gold” with excise stamps of the Republic of Belarus.

The amount of unpaid taxes to the state on seized cigarettes is approximately 115 thousand euros.

Upon detecting the signs of a criminal offense during the customs control, the case materials were handed over to the SRS Tax and Customs Police Board for decision-making regarding the initiation of criminal proceedings.

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