Far Eastern Customs Administration

Customs officers found bear claws on a Chinese citizen leaving Blagoveshchensk

Published: May 31, 2024 03:07

Bear claws were found by Khabarovsk customs officers on a Chinese citizen traveling by bus to Heihe, China, through the Blagoveshchensk checkpoint.

4 claws with a total weight of 37.1 grams 38-year-old foreigner put them in his jacket pocket, did not declare them and did not provide customs officials with authorization documents when exporting them. To avoid losing the exclusive purchase, the man tied his claws with red thread, as the color red represents good luck to the people of the Celestial Empire

In an oral interview, the man explained that he had bought the claws from a friend and planned to make medicines from them for personal use. The man did not know that they could not be exported from Russia without authorization documents

An expert examination showed that the seized claws are derivatives, which are species of wild flora and fauna covered by the CITES Convention, as well as rare, endangered and threatened species of wild animals. Their export from Russia requires an export permit from the authorized body, the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources (Rosprirodnadzor)

Two cases on administrative offenses were initiated against the man: under part 1 of article 16.2 of the Administrative Offenses Code of the Russian Federation (non-declaration of goods) and under article 16.3 (failure to comply with prohibitions and restrictions on the 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). Now he faces a fine of up to twice the value of the goods with confiscation

Elena Popova

                                                                                     Khabarovsk Customs spokesman

                                                                                       habtamozhnia@mail.ru, 8 (4212) 41-14-38