Over €927 million worth of goods seized by Malta Customs

Customs

Goods amounting to the value of €927,294,000 have been seized by Malta Customs on route to Libya. The goods were in breach of sanctions imposed by the European Union.

In 2018, 2019 and 2020 Malta Customs has held consignments that were in breach of sanctions imposed on movement of goods to Libya, including:

  • Four containers carrying stolen vehicles, valued €95,000.
  • Three containers carrying fireworks, with an estimated value of €1,064,000.
  • Two containers carrying €926 million in paper currency; and
  • Twenty-three containers carrying boats, with an estimated value of €135,000.

In recent months, 23 containers were intercepted at the Malta Freeport, on their way to Libya which were partially loaded with a power boat each. The containers, were intercepted by the Strategic Trade and Sanctions Monitoring Unit (STMSU) within the Customs Department.

23 powerboats destined for Libya intercepted at Freeport
23 powerboats destined for Libya intercepted at the Freeport