Undeclared luxury consumption by Argentine tourists in Europe detected by customs

Gold rings, part of the products discovered by the customs REUTERS

Customs managed to collect 7.5 million pesos for offenses committed by Argentine tourists who bought high-end goods in Europe and did not declare them when they returned to the country, despite the request for tax refunds on this continent.

moving body Guillermo Michele managed to discover these maneuvers as a result of the diet The exchange of information with Spain, which allows “to know in detail the details of the purchases, even if the tourists try to deny them”, it was explained.

Thus, “thanks to an information exchange agreement with Spain, theCustoms collected 7,460,882 pesos in line with high-end consumption declared by tourists from Spain to Argentina”. specified agency.

When tourists apply for a VAT refund at Spanish airports, Argentine customs immediately receive a notification alert.

How does the customs identification mechanism work?

Immediately, the inspection body asks the Directorate of Immigration to identify the flight with these passengers, who upon arrival in the country are “examined to determine whether they have declared cargo”.

If this product exceeds USD 500 per person – USD 250 for children under 16 – an administrative sanction and an associated fine are applied.

Based on this data, many high-end properties that have not been declared can be traced.

was one of the most resounding cases “A watch costing 15,375 euros, with a customs charge of 960,804 pesos, and a watch costing 52,066 euros initially kept at Eziza, As the passenger did not have sufficient capital to pay his tax debt. Six days later, the person paid the corresponding $3,169,385 to be able to withdraw it.

“The exchange of information with Spain is fundamental, Noting that in many cases tourists bring goods, arguing that they have them even before leaving the Argentine region. However, knowing the precise details of the purchase from Argentine customs allows him to be inflexible,” Michel said.

Eziza customs control
Eziza customs control

On other flights from Madrid last month, “A bracelet at $5,938, two Hublot watches at around €10,000 each and a Tag Heuer watch at €5,343. These undeclared products were taxed at $324,1635, $581,394, $475,388 and $280,000, respectively.

In addition, the agency specifies that “a Cartier watch worth 5,165 euros was discovered, for which the traveler paid $273,486; hoops worth 5,082 euros, resulting in a payment of $3,218.50; a bracelet worth 5,910 euros, which cost 395,178 dollars for the tribute and, finally, a ring worth 3,843 euros, which cost 201,792.50 dollars.

If a person travels abroad carrying goods for personal use in their luggage, they must report to customs before departure and declare them on return, so that they are not required to pay taxes. import for consumption. This involves completing the OM 121 form and having it signed before customs.

in parallel, Customs wants to introduce similar protocols with Italy, A matter that was discussed a few days ago between Michel and a delegation from the Guardia di Finanza led by Lieutenant General Ignazio Gibilaro.

Customs explained that “the protocol meeting aimed at strengthening institutional relations within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation and exchange of information between the FIP and the Guardia de Finanza included the exchange of topics of interest between representatives of the two administrations. of the Italian Republic, held in 2010″.

In any case, he told Customs, “the goal is to receive in advance what Argentinian travelers have requested for VAT refunds. They will not be manipulated if they buy perfume or mobile phones. The purpose is relevant consumption. , the high consumption of high-end and luxury goods (eg, drones, high-end watches, luxury brand clothing and handbags, high consumption) is to be known at advance”.

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