Customs officers hamper smuggling of large amount of second-hand batteries


2010-05-19

Customs officers in the town of Svilengrad seized large amount of second-hand batteries close to the Kapitan Petko Voyvoda border checkpoint. Authorities detained two mini-buses, driven by Bulgarian nationals.
The total amount of the batteries runs to 4,120.
The batteries do not have any enclosed trade and transport documents, neither do they have a document of notification for cross-border movement/transport of waste required in the EU under Regulation EC 1013/2006.
On Monday, in the frames of excise goods movement control activities, customs officers from Svilengrad stopped a Bulgarian truck for a check-up. The truck was transporting copper, aluminum and dynamo-engine waste. The aluminum waste was predominant - 1,220 kilos, followed by copper and engines - 100 kilos and 200 kilos. The shipment was coming from Greece, aimed for a company based in the city of Plovdiv. The driver missed to present the required documents.
Both cases have been referred to the Interior Ministry and the Regional Inspectorate for Environment and Water.