Hamburg Airport: Stopped by customs – 55-year-old needs to export gold bars value 260,000 euros | EUROtoday

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Customs officers found gold value greater than 260,000 euros within the hand baggage of a 55-year-old German girl throughout an prolonged inspection. In whole, the lady had round 170 gold cash and 16 gold bars in her baggage, customs introduced in a press release. The incident occurred on June twenty second of this 12 months.

It was reported that the passenger, who was headed to Canada, was checked once more after the safety verify earlier than her departure. During this verify, the safety forces found the so-called “investment gold”.

As it turned out, the lady, who when requested said that she had been dwelling in Canada for a number of years, had emptied her financial institution secure deposit field. She wished to take the gold together with her to her new dwelling. An investigation has been initiated in opposition to the lady, which is being carried out by the Criminal and Fines Department of the Main Customs Office in Itzehoe.

For the fantastic proceedings that have been subsequently initiated, a choose set a safety deposit of round 26,000 euros. “Unlike usual, the traveler did not pay the security deposit in cash or by paying with an EC or credit card. Instead, she deposited twelve gold coins as security,” mentioned Maurice Douce, press spokesman for the Itzehoe principal customs workplace.

According to customs, anybody who imports or exports money value 10,000 euros or extra into the European Union should declare this to customs by submitting a money declaration. Cash contains not solely money but additionally so-called “investment gold”. According to the spokesperson, violations might be punished with a fantastic of as much as a million euros.

Penalty order for 40,000 euros

In May of this 12 months, the Hamburg District Court issued a fantastic of 40,000 euros in opposition to a 36-year-old gold smuggler. The man had tried to smuggle 130 items of gold jewellery previous customs at Hamburg Airport in November 2021. He had beforehand entered the nation from Turkey.

“After opening the suitcase, the customs officers found various gold jewelry in different packaging and labeled order bags,” mentioned Maurice Douce. “During the subsequent inspection of the hand luggage, our colleagues found further gold jewelry. The gold found weighed a total of almost four kilograms.”