One third of Uzbekistan smuggled goods destined for Kazakhstan 02 марта 2012, 14:41
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Agricultural products on sale at seasonal market. ©RIA NOvosti
35% of agricultural products smuggling from Uzbekistan is destined for Kazakhstan, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Amirtemurkhon Mussayev, head of State Customs Committee’s Anti-Smuggling department of Republic of Uzbekistan.
“Generally the illegal agricultural products trade falls onto the neighboring countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and partially Afghanistan. About 35% falls on Kazakhstan,” Mussayev said at the press-conference on Tuesday on February 28. Uzbekistan Customs authorities have registered 959 cases of illegal trade in the amount of 1824 tonnes of agricultural goods totaling to 2.4 billion sums ($1.3 million).
According to the Customs Committee’s data illegal trade-related crimes decreased significantly (by 65%) in 2011. On December 6, 2011 the government adopted a regulation in order to create effective conditions for production, storage and sale of cultivated agricultural products such as potatoes, melons, grapes and so on. In accordance with this regulation a special working group for sustainable distribution of the products at the domestic market and effective export to other countries was created.
“One of the main goals of this group is to develop an immediate solution for transportation, timely supply of wagons and refrigerators, customs clearance and financial reporting on fruits, vegetables, gourds and grapes export shipping,” Gafurdzhon Shukurov, State Customs Committee's chairman deputy said. He added that in spite of the facilities and opportunities that had created for agricultural farmers, there were some pseudo-businessmen who continued doing their business in Uzbekistan. They “are breaking the Law and are trying to smuggle natural products away from our country.”