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Contraband volumes in Latvia unchanged from last year - customs chief

BC, Riga, 20.07.2020.Print version
The amount of contraband cargo seized in Latvia this year has remained unchanged from last year, Raimonds Zukuls, director of the Customs Board of the State Revenue Service, said today in an interview to Latvian Television referred LETA.

"On the whole, the situation has remained unchanged," the customs chief said. 

Zukuls indicated that as traffic restrictions were introduced because of Covid-19, the traffic of contraband goods across the European Union's external border slowed a bit for a while, but already in May and June it was back to the pre-crisis level.

At the same time, Zukuls noted that the number of attempts to smuggle undeclared cash across the state border decreased in the first half of this year as the traffic of people to and from non-EU countries was restricted.

In the first half of 2020, there were four cases were persons had tried to cross the state border with undeclared cash, down from 20 cases in the first half of last year, Zukuls said. 

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