Officials of the Customs Administration of the State Revenue Service (SRS) and the State Border Guard, while controlling cargo trains on the Latvian border with Belarus, prevented the smuggling of 230,120 cigarettes (11,506 packs of cigarettes). Cigarettes were hidden in cargoes of ore.
On July 2, 2022, at the Indra customs control point, during the control of the composition of the freight train, customs and State Border Guard officials found undeclared goods – cigarettes – in two wagons. They were hidden in the cargo of ore, as well as placed in the wagon without cargo.
A total of 169,720 “NZ” cigarettes (8,486 packs of cigarettes) with excise tax stamps of the Republic of Belarus were seized as a result of the control.
Contraband cigarettes were also detected in a wagon with a load of ore today, July 4, 2022. Shortly after midnight, a freight train arriving from Belarus was checked at the Indra customs control point. As a result, the State Border Guard and customs officials seized 60,400 “NZ” cigarettes (3,020 packs of cigarettes) with excise tax stamps of the Republic of Belarus.
When signs of a criminal offense were detected during customs control, the case materials were handed over to the Tax and Customs Police Department of the SRS for decision-making on the initiation of criminal proceedings.
SRS website in the section “Customs/Useful/Smuggled cigarettes. “Statistics” is an opportunity to track online the amount of detected smuggling in the area.