Customs disrupted a smuggling operation into Bolivia of 1,075 tons of grains packaged in 50-kilo bags in the Jujuy town of Professor Salvador Mazza, the official agency reported on Wednesday.
The agency carried out a series of simultaneous raids in that city that “resulted in one of the biggest blows to smuggling in 2022.”
“This enormous blow to smuggling is a new example of Customs’ commitment to the transparency of international trade,” said the director of Customs, Guillermo Michel.
The agency’s agents arrived jointly with the National Gendarmerie at four homes located on National Route 34, on the border with Bolivia, where they found a huge amount of grains.
According to Michel, “this kind of exports, when they are carried out legally, are an important source of foreign currency for Argentina, of great value for our economy; we will continue working to dismantle the maneuvers of those who pursue their personal gain to the detriment of the rest of the Argentines”.
The procedure, ordered by the Federal Prosecutor of Tartagal, is product of the complaints that Customs made about illegal trade in grains through unauthorized passages in the north of our country.
The agency’s agents arrived jointly with the National Gendarmerie at four homes located on National Route 34, on the border with Bolivia, where they found a huge amount of grain packed in 50-kg bags, ready to cross the border illegally. .
The specialized agents of the General Directorate of Customs-AFIP seized around 21,500 bags containing soybeans, broken soybeans, corn, broken corn, ground corn and wheat for 1,075 tons.
Likewise, they also hijacked trucks loaded with grains that were waiting to be unloaded.
After the operation, the Tartagal Decentralized Prosecutor’s Office ordered the seizure of the goods and the means of transport involved, and the arrest of the people involved, who were placed at the disposal of Justice, Customs reported.