Far Eastern Customs Administration

More than 40 kilograms of hookah tobacco were found by Chita customs officers from a Chinese citizen

Published: May 30, 2024 04:05

228  plastic jars with hookah tobacco weighing a total of 40.5 kg were found by Chita customs officers  from a Chinese citizen who was traveling from Russia to China by bus through the Zabaikalsk checkpoint.   

The tobacco of different flavors was smelled by a service dog, a Russian spaniel named Tracy. The cans with tobacco were in two large cardboard boxes, which the foreigner dragged with a drag

When questioned, the 36-year-old Chinese citizen explained that he transported the tobacco at the request of his friend from China

Chita Customs initiated a case of administrative offense against the PRC citizen under part 1 of article 16.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation “Non-declaration or false declaration of goods”. The penalty under this article is up to twice the value of the goods that were the subject of the offense, with confiscation of the goods

The tobacco was seized and sent for examination, which will determine the value and purpose of the goods.


A natural person who has reached the age of 18 can import (export) 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars (cigarillos) or 250 grams of tobacco per person or the specified tobacco products in the assortment of not more than 250 grams for personal purposes across the EAEU border without payment of customs duties.                                                                                                     


                                                                                             Marina Boyko,

Chita Customs spokeswoman

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