Mogilev Region Customs Service seized BYR 562 million worth of goods in January-February 2007, or 16% up on January-February 2006, a representative of the service has told Interfax.
The confiscated goods include foodstuffs, cigarettes, spirits, automobile tyres, electrical appliances, non-ferrous metals, etc.
In order to minimize import expenses, offenders most frequently use forged documents, documents with distorted information, false invoices, the source reported.
Over the period in question Mogilev Region Customs Service registered and issued over 26,300 customs declarations, 13% more than in January-February 2006.
They also issued around 4,000 export licences and over 2,000 import licences. Besides, Mogilev’s Customs Office made up 11 thousand statistical declarations (14% up).
The were registered 110 violations of the customs legislation, the source added.