Lithuanian customs officers detain shipment of explosive ammunition from Russia

  • 2019-08-26
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS – Lithuanian customs officers detained a shipment of explosive ammunition at Lavoriskes border checkpoint on the Belarusian border last Monday, Lithuania's Customs said.

According to the service, there was an attempt to bring in a box of specific explosive ammunition used by military MI-8 and MI-24 helicopters and planes.

The driver who was taking the shipment from Russia to Lithuania told the customs officers he took the shipment from Moscow's Domodedovo Airport. He presented the transit declaration and other documents for the shipment and showed the customs officers the box weighting almost 9 kilos. But he refused to open the box, stating that did not want to compromise the hermetic packaging.

The shipment documents stated that the ammunition box was being transported from Russia and the shipment's receiver was a company in Peru. The price of one piece of ammunition was listed as 75.9 euros, and the total value stood at almost 7,600 euros.

The Lithuanian officers X-rayed the box and made sure the box contained some 100 ammunition-like objects inside, just as the documents stated. After consulting experts from the Lithuanian army, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economy, they decided to detain the ammunition.

To import, export or transit such goods in the EU, one needs to present a specific license to customs officers. The driver did not present such a license to the Lithuanian customs officers, and under the existing sanctions against Russia, the transportation of such good via the territory of Lithuania is banned.

It’s not the first time when an attempt is made to transport military-purpose objects via Lithuania. In May, customs officers at Medininkai border checkpoint detained a M20 Missile Weapon System Model from Belarus. It was later decided to return it to Belarus.