Far Eastern Customs Administration

Chita customs officers found 5 kilograms of jade in the bag of a foreign tourist

Published: April 9, 2024 04:31

16 natural minerals of different shapes, sizes and shades were found by Chita customs officers from a foreign tourist who was traveling to China through the Zabaikalsk checkpoint.

An expert examination confirmed that the minerals found by customs officers were jade, weighing 5 kilograms

The foreign woman did not enter the minerals in the passenger customs declaration and answered negatively to the verbal question of customs officers about the presence of goods subject to mandatory written declaration. She also did not have the authorization documents for exporting the jade.

She was also not in possession of any permits for exporting the jade

When questioned, the tourist said that she transported jade to the PRC at the request of her friend for a reward of 500 yuan. The minerals were brought from the city of Ulan-Ude. The friend left the bag with jade in a conditional place near a cafe in the village of Zabaikalsk

Chita Customs initiated two cases on administrative offenses against the Chinese citizen: under part 1 of article 16.2 of the CAO RF (non-declaration of goods) and under article 16.3 (failure to comply with prohibitions and (or) restrictions on import of goods into the customs territory of the EAEU or the Russian Federation and (or) export of goods from the customs territory of the EAEU or from the Russian Federation)


Unprocessed jade is included in the list of mineral raw materials. Export of mineral raw materials by individuals as goods for personal use is prohibited (Decision of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission from April 21, 2015 № 30   “On measures of non-tariff regulation”).

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                                                                                               Marina Boyko,

Chita Customs spokeswoman

boiko-customs@yandex.ru 8 (3022) 35-76-12