Federal Customs Service

More than 6 kilograms of mammoth tusk souvenir blanks were found by customs officers under the clothes of a Chinese citizen

Published: May 16, 2024 10:40 AM

More than 6 kilograms of mammoth tusk souvenir blanks were found by Khabarovsk customs officers under the clothes of a Chinese citizen. She had duct taped the valuable raw materials to her legs and covered them with a voluminous skirt

The violation was discovered at the Blagoveshchensk checkpoint. The woman was visibly nervous during the oral interview, and this attracted the attention of customs officers. During the personal inspection, the inspectors seized 537 ivory bars, after which the foreign woman admitted that she planned to make figurines for sale out of the unique material

Expertise confirmed that the seized goods are semi-finished mammoth tusks. In order to move it across the border, it is necessary to submit a customs declaration and submit a conclusion of the Ministry of Culture and Rosprirodnadzor

A case on administrative offense was instituted under part 2 of article 16.1 of the Administrative Offenses Code of Russia (concealment of goods from customs control through the use of hiding places). She faces a fine of up to three times the value of the goods with confiscation