Criminal Punishment for Smuggling of Goods

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Criminal Punishment for Smuggling of Goods

The Ukrainian government has adopted the presidential draft law №5420 on the criminalization of smuggling. The criminal code will be amended with new articles — smuggling of goods, smuggling of excisable goods and false declaration of goods

Smuggling of goods, committed on a large scale, will be punished with a fine of $5,000 to $18,000.

Smuggling by a prior conspiracy of a group of persons, or committed by an official with the use of power or official position, or on a large scale, faces a fine of $31,000 — $47,000 or imprisonment from 5 to 10 years.

If smuggling was committed by an organized group, the crime will be punishable by imprisonment for a term of 7 to 11 years.

According to the document, contraband is considered to be on a large scale if the total value of contraband items exceeds the statutory non-taxable minimum income of citizens by a hundred times or more. On a large scale — if by 600 and more times exceeds such a minimum.

The minimum penalty under the article "Smuggling of excisable goods" shall be a fine of $13,000 for illegal cross-border transportation of goods worth $31 or more. The maximum penalty would be imprisonment for 10 to 12 years.

If the false declaration of goods led to a reduction or exemption from customs duties on a large scale, it faces a fine of $6,000 to $11,000.

For false declaration by prior conspiracy a fine of up to $27,000 or imprisonment from 3 to 6 years with deprivation of the right to hold office for up to 3 years.

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