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Identified large-scale smuggling of timber in the Far East

Far Eastern operational customs (DZVT) instituted criminal proceedings on the fact of smuggling of strategically important resources - unprocessed timber from the Manchurian ash and oak worth 4,2 million rubles, the press service of the customs.

The fact of smuggling was revealed by operatives of the DVOT, who, during the course of operational-search measures, established that the head of a Vladivostok trading company in January 2014 illegally exported more than 400 cubic meters of valuable timber to China under fake documents.

As verification of this fact showed, in order to implement the illegal scheme of illegal export to China of timber purchased by Chinese citizens at various sawmills in Primorsky Krai, he organized the preparation of forged documents necessary for customs purposes.

For example, when declaring timber on behalf of the company, a foreign trade contract, invoices, other documents that are not relevant to the foreign economic transaction and which do not have legal force were used. In addition, the customs declarations for timber indicated the value of the goods in 1,5 times lower than the actual value.

Thus, the businessman committed the crime envisaged by part 1 of Article 226.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation - illegal transfer across the customs border of the Customs Union of strategically important resources on a large scale by unreliable declaration and use of documents containing inaccurate information about the goods.

The maximum penalty provided for the commission of this crime is up to seven years of imprisonment and a fine of up to one million rubles.

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