Being a person with great social skills for make friends It can have its drawbacks. For example, returning from a trip with excess baggage due to amount of gifts. How did – or so they tried to explain this tax evasion – happen to a Korean couple who were detained at the Aeroparque for having arrived in the country with 800 pairs of golf gloves.
“They are for our friends”, The woman, who was the only one of the two who spoke Spanish, justified herself without hesitation when asked by customs about the number of units she was carrying and her suspicions of a maneuver to avoid paying taxes.
The customs agents had caught their eye when they saw them arriving at the airport with four suitcases and three hand bags from a flight from from Frankfurt, Germanywho had stopped in São Paulo, Brazil.
As a result, local authorities called the passengers concerned to inquire the reasons for your visit to the country.
Very calmly, the Korean citizens explained that they made the trip because both they had just gotten married and she was living in Argentina. Regarding what they had brought, the woman said she “just had presents for their friends.”
However, by passing the luggage through the scanner, the specialized agents of the Directorate General of Customs in charge of the operation found that, in this case, it was a big quantity of gifts.
That is why they decided to open and exhaustively inspect the baggage, thus finding 800 pairs of golf gloves. But the find did not change the version of the newly weds who insisted they were for those close to her.
The shipment was held by customs.
They also brought 160 dermatological masks: “They are all for me,” said the Korean woman
It wasn’t the only thing they carried with them. And younor was that the only unusual excuse that the passenger gave to justify the items in her suitcase.
Is that moreover, they discovered 160 dermatological masks. Normally, it gave an explanation of the number of units: “They are all for me, I use one a day”, he has declared.
Likewise, he found the staff who continued to open the luggage compartments heat patches, socks and more products in condition new.
As detailed, they came in great quantity and variety, so beyond the subject of their large group of friends and woman’s facial care routine, it is assumed that they were imported for commercial purposes.
The estimated value of the goods they brought is 15 thousand dollarswhich also far exceeds the US$500 deductible scheduled for air entry.
In this context, they informed the couple that they also constituted an infringement of the baggage regime, which only provides for the entry of goods for personal use or for gifts.
Consequently, and after several hours of standstill at Jorge Newbery airport, the Directorate General of Customs proceeded to confiscate all items that passengers brought their suitcases with them for violation of article 977 of the Customs Code.
They also reported it a report was drawn up corresponding to the facts.
Against this background, they reported that due to the illegal entry of goods into the country, the couple could adapt a fine of up to $3 million.
Charles Arterburn is a seasoned business journalist for News Rebeat, where he provides comprehensive coverage of the latest trends and developments in the world of finance and economics.