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€200 000 of damages in fraudulent import of e-bikes from Malaysia to Italy

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The Italian Customs and Monopolies Agency (Agenzia Dogane Monopoli) seized today €130 000 from a Sicilian business in an EPPO investigation. The company based in Palermo imported e-bikes from China and falsely declared the country of origin as Malaysia. By doing so, it evaded the payment of anti-dumping and countervailing duties at the height of €200 000 in total, of which €70 000 had been already recovered before with administrative proceedings.

The case was initiated thanks to a report by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), which led to a closer analysis and control of the import declarations made by the defendant, who was then reported to the EPPO office in Palermo for aggravated smuggling. Investigations on the company are ongoing.