Mogilev Region Customs Service seized BYR some 600 million worth of goods in January-March 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 41,300 customs declarations, 3.9% more than in January-March 2006.
They also issued around 6,300 export licences and over 3,300 import licences. Besides, Mogilev's Customs Office made up 17.4 thousand statistical declarations (4% up).
There were registered 123 violations of the customs legislation, the source added.