Freight News, Road

Customs sieze illegal diesel, cigs and vodka

[ January 22, 2014   //   ]

A joint customs operation in Lithuania and other EU member states seized almost 45 million smuggled cigarettes, nearly 140,000 litres of diesel fuel – much of it in the UK – and about 14,000 litres of Vodka, the European Commission reported. The Operation code-named ‘Warehouse’ was carried-out in October 2013 by the Lithuanian Customs Service and the Lithuanian Tax Inspectorate in close cooperation with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), and with the participation of all 28 EU member states. It focused on cargo movement by road and targeted smuggling and diversion fraud whereby criminals declare imported goods as being in transit but then either disappear or make a fictitious export bgefore selling the goods illegally in the EU.

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