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Massive cocaine seizure by Brazil Customs as part of the Container Control Programme

On 10 September 2019, officers from Brazil Customs’ Port Control Unit (PCU) in the Port of Santos profiled outbound container shipments to Europe.

Based on indicators developed using risk analysis techniques and X-ray technology, a container filled with bags of granulated sugar was selected for control. Forty-nine bags from this sugar consignment showed traces of cocaine, leading to a seizure totalling 1,482 kg of the drug. The container was bound for Antwerp, Belgium.

The WCO Secretary General, Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, noted that the PCU in Santos, which was established under the UNODC-WCO Container Control Programme (CCP), is one of the most effective out of over 100 PCUs worldwide. He congratulated Brazil Customs for this remarkable seizure, and underlined the success of the CCP concept, which will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the WCO in October 2019.

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What is EORI number and what is used for?

  • The EORI number serves as a unique identifier for subsequent communication with the customs authorities of all Member States of the European Union.

How do I get the EORI number?

What documents do I submit at the first export, import?

  • EORI ID number.
  • Verified copy of Business Register listing and VAT registration number.
  • The power of attorney for representation in the customs procedure must be signed by the statutory body according to the extract from the Business Register.

What must be on the invoice?

  • Delivery terms according to INCOTERMS (who pays for the transport and its price to be divided into CZ, EU and third countries)
  • Number and type of packages
  • Gross and net weight
  • Mode of transport and license number of the means of transport, in the case of a piece consignment a license number of a car that arrives at the local customs office
  • Customs office of exit from the EU

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