Tax and Customs Board suspects carriers of forging documents to avoid sanctions

14.10.2022 | 08:33

In recent weeks, the ETCB has detected cases at the customs offices of Luhamaa, Koidula and Narva where there is reason to suspect that carriers are submitting forged transport and customs documents to avoid sanctions.
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The Estonian Tax and Customs Board (ETCB) notes that the application of sanctions are being dealt with extremely attentively and the provision of false information to customs is punishable.

“In August and September, the customs detected 14 cases at the border crossing points of Luhamaa, Koidula and Narva where carriers attempted to conceal the activity of a company from Russia, the final consignee based in Russia or hoped for the inattention of the customs by presenting forged documents. The customs is dealing with sanctions with extreme attention and those goods did not get out of Estonia,” said Ants Kutti, the head of customs on external border at the ETCB.

There are suspicions of forgery with regard to various categories of goods – steel products, 3D printing material, heat transfer chemical element in liquid form, second-hand clothing, in two cases galvanizing equipment. What was common in all those cases, however, was that the customs inspectors suspected that the documents were not authentic. In some cases, even double documents with real transport data have been found in the course of customs checks.

The ETCB always checks documents submitted when goods cross the border and, in the case of doubt, the examination of goods is also carried out. The detection of infringements is generally followed by offence proceedings, whereas not only the forgery of documents and the use of forged documents, but also the provision of false information is punishable.

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