3,000 attempts to smuggle sanctioned goods into Latvia caught

Nearly 3,000 infringements by attempting to import banned goods from Russia and Belarus into Latvia and the European Union have been identified by customs. Most often, it is timber, briquettes, and wood pellets, Latvian Television reported on December 13.

The State Revenue Service (VID) said that infringements are discovered by carrying out an analysis of a sample of goods or by identifying goods codes that are not relevant to the cargo.

"Constructions for mobile houses are not subject to sanctions, they can be carried. But attempts are being made to circumvent sanctions by importing some boards that have nothing to do with buildings. A bag of nails is imported and says it is a design for a house", said Atis Pilāts, head of the risk management part of the VID Customs Board.

There have also been attempts to export goods to Russia, such as luxury cars.

The customs and tax police have launched 109 criminal proceedings so far.

LTV's De Facto already reported earlier in the year on the creative and less-creative ways entrepreneurs find to circumvent sanctions against Russia and Belarus in terms of imports and exports.

Seen a mistake?

Select text and press Ctrl+Enter to send a suggested correction to the editor

Select text and press Report a mistake to send a suggested correction to the editor

Related articles


Most important