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Dozens arrested in Spain for Europe-wide horsemeat scam

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MADRID: Spanish police have arrested and charged 65 individuals over a continent-wide ring that traded in horsemeat from animals “in bad shape, too old or simply labelled as ‘not suitable for consumption,'”according to a statement released by Europol. Spain’s Guardia Civil, in coordination with Europol, the European police agency, charged the individuals with crimes including animal abuse, document forgery, perverting ... Read More »

Spain seizes 3m packs of tobacco smuggled near Cadiz

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MADRID: n waters close to the Bay of Cadiz in the early morning of last Wednesday, the Spanish Tax Agency seized over three million packs of contraband tobacco found in six containers being transported by a tug boat and cargo ship heading for the Huelva coast. The seizure, carried out as part of Operation ‘Escudo’, is the largest ever conducted ... Read More »

BIR, Customs workers march against TTRA

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MADRID: As Government moves ahead with plans to establish the Trinidad and Tobago Revenue Authority (TTRA) before year’s end, the Public Services Association (PSA) has warned it will not take this autocratic decision “quietly.” To demonstrate their rejection of the initiative, which is reportedly scheduled to come on stream by October 1, hundreds of workers from the Customs and Excise ... Read More »

Spain requires real-time submissions of VAT information

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MADRID: Large enterprises operating in Spain are coming to terms with the latest requirements to file their VAT information on a real-time basis through the new online system set up by the Spanish tax authorities. According to the information provided by the Spanish tax authorities, 63,000 taxpayers will be required to use the new system to file their VAT returns. ... Read More »

People smuggling gang arrested in Melilla

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MADRID: EVER on the lookout for people trafficking, the Guardia Civil in Melilla has arrested four people and is searching for another two. Seeing an increase in the number of illegal migrants arriving in the enclave, officers kept surveillance on the border crossing with Morocco and established the ‘modus operandi’ of one gang of smugglers. They established that the gang ... Read More »

Spain cracks down on Chinese import fraud

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MADRID: Spain Tax Agency, Hacienda, has begun a large scale investigation into fraud and tax avoidance, specifically Chinese imports, after the government lost €100m in unpaid taxes. In December 2016 the treasury carried out a string of lawsuits against a Chinese organisation importing goods from China and Pakistan. At customs goods were declared up to 20 times lower than their ... Read More »

Spanish policeman killed in tobacco smuggling operation at Gibraltar border

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MADRID: A Spanish policeman was killed Wednesday during an operation against tobacco smuggling in a town on the border with Gibraltar that has long been plagued by contraband, an official and local media reported. Details of the incident in La Linea de la Concepcion on Spain’s southern tip remain unclear. Victor Sánchez, a 46-year-old father-of-two was hit by a vehicle ... Read More »

Spain ratifies Canada-EU trade deal after opposition backs away

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MADRID: The Spanish parliament has ratified the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the free trade agreement between the EU and Canada, Lavanguardia reported. The Spanish socialist party PSOE, which was the main opposition party to the agreement, said it would abstain in the vote, a Spanish source familiar with the process told Undercurrent News. During the vote, held on ... Read More »

Border agents seize $18m worth of cocaine in Port of Montreal

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MADRID: Officials with the Canadian Border Services Agency confirmed Friday that they have intercepted 370kg of cocaine in the Port of Montreal worth about $18 million on the street. The seizure, which occurred on Tuesday, could be one of the largest cocaine busts in the port’s history. The drugs were found concealed inside steel and aluminium cylindrical rolls, in a ... Read More »

Three men spotted smuggling half million cigarettes in Dorking jailed

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MADRID: Three men who were caught supplying or receiving nearly half a million smuggled cigarettes in a Dorking car park have been jailed for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty. In December 2015 Dominik Mrzyglod, 38, and Sebastian Swiezy, 36, were seen by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators supplying non-UK duty paid cigarettes to Abdul Faki, 52, Officers ... Read More »

Europe to suffer continent-wide port strike in support of Spanish dockworkers

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MADRID: The International Dockworkers’ Council called for a Europe-wide, two-hour port stoppage from 10 a.m. to noon on June 29 to demonstrate support for Spain’s stevedores, The Loadstar reports. Spain’s stevedores have been in a political battle against the country’s port employer association over their right to exclusive labor and pay since February. Last week, the workers organized a full ... Read More »

Trio sentenced after half million cigarettes smuggled into country

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MADRID: Three men have been jailed after almost half a million cigarettes were smuggled into the country. Dominik Mrzyglod, 38, previously of Sunset Place in Walton , was jailed for four years in January for his role and for a separate offence where 1.2 million cigarettes were smuggled. Sebastian Swiezy, 36, of Hogsmill Way in Epsom, was sentenced to 12 ... Read More »

Maritime seizures of LatAm cocaine shipments to Spain on rise

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MADRID: Authorities in Spain say they have seen a marked increase in maritime seizures of South American cocaine destined for Europe in the past two years, highlighting the importance of this simple but efficient drug trafficking method. Spanish authorities told El Confidencial that maritime drug shipments “have multiplied considerably” in the last two years, with most coming from Venezuela, Colombia, ... Read More »

Smuggled cigarette suppliers sentenced

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MADRID: Three men, who were caught supplying or receiving almost half a million smuggled cigarettes in Surrey, have been sentenced for evading more than £115,000 in excise duty. One of the men, DominikMrzyglod, 38, was jailed for four years earlier this year for his role in this crime, and for a separate offence of smuggling 1.2 million cigarettes inside table ... Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo accused of €14.7m tax fraud in Spain

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MADRID: Spanish prosecutors have accused the Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding the authorities of €14.7m (£12.9m) in unpaid taxes between 2011 and 2014. Madrid’s regional state prosecutor alleged that the player used what it deemed to be a shell company in the Virgin Islands to “create a screen in order to hide his total income from Spain’s tax ... Read More »

Spain, Ecuador net 5.5 metric tonnes of cocaine in Pacific

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MADRID: Spanish authorities cooperated with Ecuadorean police to intercept a ship off that Latin American country bringing more than 5.5 metric tons of cocaine to Spain, officials said Monday. In a separate drug seizure announced Monday, Spanish police said they stopped a ship carrying 2.5 metric tons of cocaine in a joint operation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Britain’s ... Read More »

Spain praises economic cooperation with Russia

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MADRID: Russia was and will remain a strategic market for Spain- said Jose Luis Boneta, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Kingdom of Spain, during his welcoming speech at the opening of the Russian-Spanish business forum. “In light of this,” he stressed, “the work of the joint Russian-Spanish business Council should be an important tool for the development ... Read More »

Spain cracks down on Chinese import fraud

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MADRID: Spainish Tax Agency, Hacienda, has begun a large scale investigation into fraud and tax avoidance, specifically Chinese imports, after the government lost €100m in unpaid taxes. In December 2016 the treasury carried out a string of lawsuits against a Chinese organisation importing goods from China and Pakistan. At customs goods were declared up to 20 times lower than their ... Read More »

Spanish policeman killed in tobacco smuggling operation at Gibraltar border

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MADRID: A Spanish policeman was killed Wednesday during an operation against tobacco smuggling in a town on the border with Gibraltar that has long been plagued by contraband, an official and local media reported. Details of the incident in La Linea de la Concepcion on Spain’s southern tip remain unclear. Victor Sánchez, a 46-year-old father-of-two was hit by a vehicle ... Read More »

Spain’s Banco Popular sold to Santander to avoid failure

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MADRID: European authorities announced Wednesday the sale of Spain’s Banco Popular to compatriot Banco Santander to avert a looming failure of the troubled lender in a solution that will not leave Spanish taxpayers to pick up the tab. The European Central Bank, in its capacity as the eurozone’s banking supervisor, said that Banco Popular was “failing or likely to fail” ... Read More »