Chop customs officials detained illegally imported minibus worth 322,000 UAH

18 December 2012 13:07  6426414 026988
Chop customs officials detained illegally imported minibus worth 322,000 UAH

A citizen of Ukraine tried to illegally import a car "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter" at a lower customs value through the custom post "Tisa" at the Ukrainian-Hungarian border. He was prevented by operational staff of the service to combat smuggling and customs violations of the Chop customs that detected the fraud. 

The 40-year-old citizen of Ukraine who is currently living in Germany, was importing in Ukraine a minibus "Mercedes-Benz Sprinter», manufactured in 2010. During the customs clearence the driver presented to inspectors all necessary documents: a cover letter of customs authorities of Hungary, contract, technical certificate, a copy of the order for the right to acquire, use and dispose of the vehicle, and personally completed customs declaration indicating the value of the vehicle as 9200 euro. 

However, customs officials had doubts about the authenticity of the contract for sale of the car, the price of which significantly affects the amount of funds required for payment as customs duties and fees. At the request of a customs official the Ukrainian gave a different export cargo declaration of German customs authorities, where the price of the van was almost 31,000 euros. 

Later, at the request of Chop Customs they received an official response from the German company that had sold this minibus, which confirmed the value of the vehicle as 30,940.00 euros.

For such illegal cost saving the protocol against the driver was written under Article 483, Part 1 of the Customs Code of Ukraine. The fate of the seized van worth 322,000 UAH will be decided by the court - informed Victoria Senhetovska, spokeswoman for Chop customs.

Tags: understated customs value, customs, minibus

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