27 Nov 2017 15:01

Krasnoyarsk customs stops shipment of sports goods to N. Korea

NOVOSIBIRSK. Nov 27 (Interfax) - The Krasnoyarsk customs service has opened an administrative case against an exporting company which declared sports equipment for export to North Korea, the customs service said.

"A declaration of sports equipment, namely basketballs, ice skates, dumbbells, etc. meant for export to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [DPRK] was filed with the Krasnoyarsk customs house by the limited-liability company," the customs service said.

Sports equipment for fitness, gymnastics, track-and-field athletics, and other kinds of sports, including ping-pong, as well as swimming pools were included in the list of goods, whose transport across the customs territory of Russia for exportation to the DPRK are banned as of March 2, 2016, the statement said.

Customs officers decided not to open an administrative case.

"A case into an administrative offense, liability for which is envisioned by Article 16.3 of the Russian Administrative Offense Code [violating bans on exporting products from Russia] has been opened against the exporting company over violating bans and restrictions imposed on exporting products from Russia," the statement said.

The Russian presidential decree of December 29, 2016 was issued in order to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2270 of March 2, 2016, which calls for the application of a number of restrictions on North Korea in response to its nuclear missile tests.