Seine-Saint-Denis. A company that circumvented the embargo against Russia sanctioned

Seine-Saint-Denis. A company that circumvented the embargo against Russia sanctioned
Seine-Saint-Denis. A company that circumvented the embargo against Russia sanctioned

French customs have put an “end to the actions” of a company based in Seine-Saint-Denis which served as a hub for circumventing sanctions against Russia, the Ministry of the Economy and Finance announced on Monday. At the end of 10 months of investigation, the National Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigations (DNRED) carried out a search last Thursday and Friday, Bercy explained in a press release, praising “a large-scale operation targeting this specialized company in illegal exports of goods to Russia.

Hundreds of false statements

Over the year 2023, “hundreds” of false customs declarations from this company made it possible to “cover up the transport to Russia” of goods estimated in the press release at “several tens of millions of euros”. ” This operation […] underlines the mobilization of the State and Bercy services to ensure the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia”, a fight “essential to support Ukraine”, welcomed the Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno The Mayor, quoted by Bercy.

Thanks to the services of this company, whose customs approval was “immediately suspended”, “dozens of unscrupulous European exporters” were able to continue trading with Russia, which is the subject of European embargo measures. : the company offered, according to the ministry, a “turnkey sanction evasion offer” on the darkweb. French customs have benefited in this matter from reports from several “European partners”, according to the same Source.

Bercy summarizes the company’s modus operandi as follows: goods were cleared through customs in France “even though physically, they were never or rarely on the national territory and left the European Union through various Member States.” The company now sanctioned “masked the final destination by producing false documents”.

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