Customs officers seized 1370 liters of alcohol during a check in the Pomorie region


2017-10-26

1370 liters of illegal alcohol have been detained by customs officers in two inspections of registered specialized small distilleries in the region of Pomorie municipality.
On the first check, on 19.10.2017, customs mobile group, together with officers from Customs of Burgas have checked a registered and specialized small distillation facility in a private property with a house with a yard and storage rooms. During the inspection the customs officers found that the owner of the property had stored ethyl alcohol in the house - in different premises, including at the ceiling, as well as in adjoining buildings. A total of 971,6 liters of alcohol, without documents for paid excise duty and origin, were seized. Administrative penal proceedings have been initiated.
On another check, on October 23, 2017, in another registered specialized small distillery were seized 399 liters of ethyl alcohol in plastic cans without documents. At the time of inspection, the distillery served a customer without a completed declaration under the Law on Excise Duties and Tax Warehouses
Since the beginning of the autumn, the Customs Agency has started inspections of the specialized small distilleries, which aim to increase excise revenues. For a one-month period, customs officers carried out more than 100 inspections of registered small distilleries. More than 30 violations have been detected. Over 13 unregistered small distilleries have been checked of which nearly 3 000 liters of illegal alcohol were seized.
The active actions of customs officers, jointly with other law enforcement authorities, will continue until the end of the season of home alcohol. The Customs Agency reminds that boiling of home-made brandy should only be carried out in registered distilleries and in accordance with the law on Excise Duties and Tax Warehouses.