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Finnlines ‘had no part’ in Syria smuggling attempt

[ October 21, 2013   //   ]

Finnlines says that it played no part in an attempt to smuggle banned material from Russia to Syria last January. The case concerns a containerload of tank spares that was unloaded from the M/S Finnsun at Vuosaari Harbour in Helsinki on 8 January.

The Finnish Customs investigationrevealed that the container was in transit from Russia to Latakia, Syria via Finland and had in fact been returned to Finland from Antwerp due to irregularities.

The line added that it had “supported and assisted Customs in all possible ways in this matter and continues to give all assistance” and: “the suspicions are denied in their entirety. Finnlines wants to emphasize that it was Finnlines’ own checking procedures during the transit of the container on board that revealed the content of the container in question after which Finnlines immediately informed the Customs by its own initiative.

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