Transcarpathian customs officials uncovered a "cosmetic" fraud worth over 43,000 euros
Anatoliy Makarenko, the deputy head of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, thanked Transcarpathian colleagues for returning to the traditions of true customs service.
An attempt of illegal acts that have signs of customs rules violation was uncovered by Chop Customs officers at the customs post "Tisa".
Recently, a truck with a trailer driven by a citizen of Ukraine arrived at the said customs checkpoint in the direction "entry to Ukraine". The Ukrainian provided the customs officers shipping documents, according to which he was transporting across the customs border of Ukraine "beauty products for hair care, clothing and promotional items" with the total cost of 14,545 USD.
The documents showed that the seller of the goods was a company in Scotland, the shipper - a company in Hungary with loading in Italy, and the recipient - a Ukrainian company.
Officials of the Department for Combating Smuggling and Customs Offenses of the Chop Customs Office decided to conduct an in-depth examination of the cargo, during which they found 42 bottles of Italian wine "Prosecco Tere Di Sclippa" hidden from customs control and not reported in the oral interview. In addition, during the customs inspection of the goods, they found pasted brand labels with Italian details of the shipper and the seller, as well as packing lists with the list of goods transported, under which the name of the shipper was falsified, and the recipient was a Ukrainian company, other than that specified in the documents provided by the driver.
As a result of the request made by the Chop Customs officers to the Italian supplier, they received a letter with copies of shipping documents, according to which the real cost of the goods was 43,073 EUR.
Thus, the Ukrainian concealed the transported goods from customs control using methods that hinder detection of goods, and presented the shipping documents containing false information about the shipper, the recipient and the cost of the goods.
These actions have signs of violations of customs rules provided for in Part 1 of Art. 483 of the Customs Code of Ukraine. Based on Article 511 of the Customs Code of Ukraine, the documents and the goods being direct objects of the violation of customs rules were confiscated.