According to the Revenue Service, a Turkish-flagged ship carrying oil products of a company under international sanctions is leaving the port of Batumi with cargo

The Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia has released a statement regarding the ship and cargo which the port of Batumi.

According to the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance, the Turkish-flagged ship, which is carrying oil products of a company under international sanctions, is leaving the port of Batumi with cargo.

"Due to the high public interest, the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia considers it necessary to make an additional statement regarding the ship and cargo which entered the port of Batumi.

The ship sailing under the Turkish flag entered the port of Batumi on June 26 this year.

An inspection found that neither the ship nor its owner was included in the international sanctions List. Accordingly, the ship was allowed to enter the Georgian port, about which the Maritime Transport Agency made clarifications.

As for the goods placed on the ship - in full compliance with the law, the Customs Department of the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance requested all the necessary documents on the spot, the inspection of which determined that the goods on board were cargo to be sent to Turkey, which was at the same time an oil product sent from a company under international sanctions.

Due to the above, the cargo was unloaded and further customs procedures were carried out. At the moment, the Turkish-flagged ship is leaving Batumi port with cargo.

The Customs Department of the Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance, in accordance with the legislation of Georgia and international agreements, will continue in future the strict control of all products that are included in the list of international sanctions by the countries participating in the sanctions," reads the statement.

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