So far in 2017, customs officers and other law enforcers have foiled 344 cases of illegal trafficking. A total of 58,000 beauty care items worth 1 billion soums have been recovered. According to the state customs committee, the number of entrepreneurs trading perfume illegally is on the rise.
Smuggling harms the state and can even expose public health. Customs officers urge buyers to check cosmetic products for labelling and marking, which must be filled out in Uzbek.
Modern technologies help the customs maintain proper control. They aid law enforcers in exposing and preventing illegal trafficking.
For example, four foreign citizens travelling on a train from Chelyabinsk have been detained by Keles customs post officers. Natalya Gorkusha, Bunyamin Seidov, Ayrat Murtazin, and Nina Romanyuk attempted to smuggle over a thousand cosmetic and perfume items. The total worth of the items was estimated at 27 million soums. The items have not been identified in the customs declaration and were not produced by detainees for inspection.
Keles customs post also uncovered the smuggling of a 21-million-soums batch of perfume. The smuggler, Jahansha Usmanov, was travelling to Nukus from Alma Aty.
A plethora of similar cases has been uncovered by Glavpochtamt employees. The suspects were trying to smuggle cosmetic products by mail.
In the search of the mail bound for Tashkent-resident Nurjahon Yarmatov, customs officers found 75 perfume items worth 7.5 million soums. They were not declared in the documents attached.
Customs officers found and confiscated 16,500 air fresheners worth 50 million soums. The mail was sent from Turkey and addressed to seven Uzbek citizens.
Investigations on all offences are underway.
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