OPERATION CORSAIR: INTELLIGENCE EXCHANGE LED TO THE SEIZURE OF MORE THAN 4,000 FOSSILS BY SPANISH CUSTOMS

On 9 October, a news release from the WCO advised that, in cooperation with Argentinean Customs, Spanish Customs prevented the illicit import of fossils of high paleontological value.  Spanish Customs were able to identify a high-risk container, which was duly inspected by Customs officers in May 2020 in the seaport of Valencia.  During the inspection, Customs officers found more than 4,000 fossils, including 5 well-preserved dinosaur eggs and a complete specimen of the dinosaur, minerals, as well as multiple specimen of animals protected by CITES.  Many fossils had been mixed with stones of different shapes and colour of no paleontological value in order to evade Customs controls.

http://www.wcoomd.org/en/media/newsroom/2020/october/operation-corsair-intelligence-exchange-led-to-the-seizure-of-more-than-4-000-fossils.aspx

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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