67 - 10/98 - Custom Fines - Port Gentil - Gabon
A fine did follow - the shipowner being presented with a demand for CFA 40,000,000 (aprox UD$66,000).
We are advised that customs officers in this area are " rewarded" by the customs authorities with a 10% remuneration based on the level of any fine. We are unsure as to the amount paid for the television set but clearly 10% of US$66,000 would have more than covered his initial outlay!
Whilst this matter is complicated by the fact that the crewmember did have several television sets in his cabin, we would strongly advise Members trading to this area to be particularly careful with customs related problems and as far as possible ensure that crews refrain from such practices.If caught, the results are clearly not inexpensive.
Should members have any other examples of such practices we will gladly circulate them.
Source of Information:
External through E Foster (S2)
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