A Ukrainian citizen tried to export about 60,000 thousand packs of cigarettes to the EU under 'the guise of diplomatic cargo' using a car with a diplomatic plate, State Fiscal Service of Transcarpathian region reports.
The attempt to smuggle cigarettes occurred on May 21, when the VW TRANSPORTER car entered a checkpoint of the 'green corridor'.
'The Ukrainian citizen showed a diplomatic passport, a certificate of the vehicle’s registration, a letter from the embassy of Ukraine that confirms the fact that the diplomatic car contains diplomatic cargo and according to the Convention it’s not subject to control,' SFS mentioned.
The SFS workers tried to explore the cargo but the driver said that it contained diplomatic cargo and refused to provide the access without permission and presence of the Foreign Ministry’s official.
All in all, the car was examined and the workers found and seized 56,890 packs of Ukrainian cigarettes, namely 25,090 packs of LD RED, 24,610 packs of LD BLUE, 490 packs of LD BLUE LIMITED, 6,700 packs of PALL MALL LOW SMOKE SMEL.
The total cost of the seized goods is UAH 620, 911.
The vehicle’s driver refused to give any explanations.
The SFS’s report doesn’t define which Ukrainian embassy provided a letter that made the smuggling possible. However, some outlets say that it is the embassy of Ukraine in Slovakia.