The customs officials at Sofia Airport Customs House seized 599 forbidden for import in EU turtles


2014-11-23
 

599 turtles, which are forbidden for import in EU, were found and seized by the customs officials at Sofia Airport Customs House. The turtles have arrived in Bulgaria on a foreign flight from Singapore. According to the documents, the shipment should have consisted of 13 special containers, loaded with ornamental fish. The shipment has been sent by a foreign company and it has been intended to be received by a Bulgarian company. Using the method of the "Risk Analysis" the customs officials selected the shipment for a customs check. During this inspection it was ascertained that one of the containers was full of turtles, instead of ornamental fish. The turtles were approximately 1 month of age. According to the expert opinion the turtles are omnivorous and they can eat meat. The seized turtles are an invasive species and could present a threat for the local species. That is the reason why the turtles were taken from the customs authorities and were given to Sofia Zoo. A statement for violation of the Customs Law was issued against the offender.