Tatarstan Customs summarizes the results of 2021 —

17 criminal cases were initiated in total

Photo: Maksim Platonov

Last year, the foreign trade turnover of the republic amounted to more than 16 billion dollars. Of these, exports — more than $10.9 billion and imports — about $5 billion. In the Volga Federal District, Tatarstan’s share in foreign trade was an impressive 29%. Read more about the results of the activities of Tatarstan customs in 2021 and the most often counterfeited and withdrawn goods from the republic’s turnover in the material of Realnoe Vremya.

Trade revenue increased by nearly $4 billion

According to the head of Tatarstan customs, Major General of the Customs Service Marat Garayev, in 2021 the agency issued 1,421 goods declarations. 2.7 billion rubles were transferred to the federal budget. In the previous year, 6,017 customs checks were carried out, of which 5,424 checks were carried out during the transport of goods by international mail. At the same time, their efficiency was almost 70%.

“Last year, despite the negative epidemiological situation in the world, the trade turnover of the republic increased compared to the same period last year,” said Marat Garayev.

Trade revenue in 2021 increased by nearly $4 billion and amounted to $16 billion. For comparison: from January to December 2020, Tatarstan’s trade turnover in the foreign market amounted to 12.4 billion dollars.

In 2021, the agency issued 1,421 goods declarations, Marat Garayev said. Photo:

Without marking or counterfeiting

Last year, customs officers identified and seized 16.7 tons of unmarked food products worth 1.7 million rubles. Most often it was nuts, fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, cheeses, cereals. The reasons for the withdrawal of the goods are the lack of information about the date of manufacture, storage conditions, expiration date, address of the manufacturer of the goods, EAC circulation mark.

Among industrial goods, fur coats, shoes, clothing, bed and kitchen linen, tobacco products were most often unmarked. Customs officers identified and withdrew from circulation 44,071 units of these objects for the amount of 3.09 million rubles.

“The lion’s share of identified unmarked products — 43,070 units — are tobacco products. Also in 2021, counterfeits were withdrawn from trade: shoes, tracksuits, bags. The copyright holders were prevented from suffering damages in the amount of 1 million 795 thousand rubles,” Garayev said.

In 2021, counterfeits were withdrawn from commerce: shoes, tracksuits, bags. Photo:

“Three smuggling attempts were foiled”

Speaking about the work of customs officers at airports, Garayev pointed out that, despite the pandemic, passenger traffic has increased sharply in the past year. In Begishevo, it increased more than 3 times, 6 offenses were detected there, all related to the import of alcoholic beverages.

The number of passengers at Kazan International Airport increased by more than 2 times. In this document, customs officers identified 419 facts of movement of goods in violation of established procedure and showing signs of prohibited or restricted movement across the customs border. It was most often alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco products, banknotes, securities, weapons.

“In 2021, three smuggling attempts were foiled at Kazan International Airport. Two criminal cases have been initiated for the smuggling of large sums of money by Russian citizens into Turkey. A criminal case has been opened for the illegal movement of gold jewelry worth more than one million rubles from Turkey,” said Marat Garayev.

The ministry noted that very often the detection of illegally moved goods is done with the participation of assistance dogs.

“In 2021, the movement of narcotic substances in international postal shipments – cocaine – of more than 100 grams, as well as two facts of money smuggling to Turkey on a particularly large scale were revealed with the participation of our dogs of assistance from the Customs Cynological Department,” said Marat Garayev.

In 2021, movements of narcotics in international postal shipments – cocaine – of more than 100 grams, as well as two facts of money smuggling to Turkey on a particularly large scale were revealed with the participation of assistance dogs. Photo: Oleg Tikhonov

A total of 33 cases of non-declaration of funds, as well as 12 facts of non-declaration of tobacco products were revealed with the participation of service dogs at Kazan airport. Fifty-four administrative offense files were initiated.

17 criminal cases

In 2021, 1,950 administrative offense files were initiated with the assistance of customs officers. This most often involved the submission to the customs authority of a statistical form for recording the movement of goods, as well as their declaration. Last year was not without “crimes”. Seventeen cases were brought under various articles of the Penal Code — on the smuggling of narcotics and psychotropic substances, the illegal establishment of a legal person, the evasion of customs payments and others. As an illustrative example, the speaker of the briefing, Marat Garayev, spoke about the case brought under article 193.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation – about the commission of currency transactions for transferring funds to non-resident accounts using false documents.

“A case has been opened against one resident of Kazan and three residents of Izhevsk. These citizens illegally organized more than 15 rogue companies in Russia and Kazakhstan and used them to withdraw currency from the accounts of foreign counterparties using invalid documents. The amount of illegally transferred funds amounted to 244 million rubles, which is a particularly large amount,” he said.

In addition, the head of Republican Customs reminded citizens which amounts of cash can be transported freely and for which authorizations are already required.

Marat Garayev recalled which sums of money can be transported freely and for which authorizations are already required. Photo:

“The export of foreign currency in an amount of less than 10,000 dollars is not subject to a written declaration. If you export more, you are obliged to complete a passenger customs declaration, having necessarily passed through the red corridor, and to indicate in the declaration the sources of receipt of the currencies. If you export more than $100,000, you must not only fill out this declaration and go through the red corridor, but also attach documents confirming the fact of acquiring funds. These are the documents that are either original or notarized,” Marat Garayev said.

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