The Bureau of Economic Security (BEB) has seized UAH 112 million ($3 million) worth of smartphones, tablets and laptops of a well-known international brand that were illegally imported into Ukraine and has given them to territorial defense units, the bureau’s press service reported on Jan. 19.
The equipment was seized from a group of persons who, with the assistance of employees of the Transcarpathian Customs Service of the State Customs Service, imported it in violation of customs rules.
It is noted that by not declaring the goods, they evaded payment of value added tax and customs duties, which prevented the flow of a particularly large amount of funds to the state budget.
The people who brought the equipment into the customs territory of Ukraine have been charged under Part 3 of Article 212 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (intentional evasion of the payment of value-added tax, customs duties, which led to the actual non-receipt of funds to the state budget in particularly large amounts, committed by a group of persons based on a prior conspiracy).
More people involved in the custom tax evasion scheme are being identified.
At the beginning of January the BEB seized goods from the Russian Federation worth UAH 40 million ($1 million) after it crossed the border into Lviv Oblast in the west of Ukraine.