Over 100 kilograms of cold meats were seized by officers of the National Tax Administration during an inspection at the airport in Balice near Krakow. As customs officers emphasize, meat and dairy products from outside the European Union cannot be imported into the country by travelers, therefore any contraband found will be disposed of. The value of the products is estimated at PLN 10,000.
The unusual goods were discovered in travelers’ luggage at the Krakow airport by officers of the National Tax Administration. As customs officials pointed out in a statement, some of the passengers who flew to Poland from outside the European Union carried 103 kilograms of cold meats in their suitcases.
“The import of such food is completely prohibited.”
Now travelers must take into account unpleasant consequences: a fine of PLN 2,000 and confiscation of prohibited products. Products worth approximately PLN 10,000 will be disposed of.
“Meat and dairy products cannot be imported into the territory of the European Union without a border veterinary inspection. In the case of travelers, the import of such food is completely prohibited. When entering the EU, customs inspections must be taken into account. Meat or dairy products imported in violation of the bans will be detained and destroyed; the traveler may also be subject to a fine or criminal liability,” explains Anna Miłosz, head of the Customs Department at Kraków-Balice Airport, quoted in the release of the Tax Administration Chamber in Kraków.
As customs officers emphasize, the import of fruit and vegetables into the EU requires a phytosanitary certificate. “The exception is only five types of fruit. These are: bananas, durians, pineapples, coconuts and dates,” we read in the announcement.
Main photo source: Chamber of Tax Administration in Krakow