FRANCE: Customs seize contraband alcoholic drinks
EUR1.15m of counterfeit alcohol seized at French port
French customs officials have uncovered EUR1m-worth (US$1.3m) of contraband alcohol believed to be destined for the UK.
Officials have confiscated almost 57,000 litres of contraband alcohol over the past few weeks at the port of Calais, a major ferry terminal between the UK and France.
The shipments, mainly of whisk(e)y, vodka and brandy and with an estimated value of nearly EUR1.15m, were seized following inspections of four heavy goods vehicles whose transport documents were found to be false.
French customs said that the seizures are an example of the sort of alcohol trafficking with which its officers deal with on a regular basis. It said traffickers planned to sell alcohol in the UK without paying import duty.
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