Customs control measures undertaken by the Baltic Customs have uncovered a scheme used to take marine bunker fuel stated as stores outside the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union without payment of customs dues. According to the press center of the Baltic Customs, over 12,000 t of fuel was exported through the scheme.
Portnews reports that according to documents, the fuel was intended for supplying of Russian vessels involved in fishing outside the territory of the Russian Federation which lets them be released of export customs duties.
However, the customs control measures revealed the sale of fuel outside Russia through shipment to a foreign port instead of delivery to the intended vessels.
The Baltic Customs’ statement says the declaration of goods as “marine fuel” thus violates the requirements of the customs legislation. “Fuel” is considered as strategically important resources.
The company , which its name has not been disclosed, is said to have been charged with customs dues and a penalty of more than RUB 95 million ($1.53 million). Further, two criminal cases have been initiated against the company.