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Kazakhstan: Increase In Confiscated Goods Brings Revenues

Almaty, 14 October 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Kazakh authorities have set up a bank account for the deposit of revenues from confiscated goods illegally crossing Kazakhstan's borders. The measure aims to reduce the flow of illegal goods.

Itar-tass news agency says that in accordance with the customs union signed among Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, customs authorities must provide secure border controls.

Money from the bank account can be drawn to finance programs provided in Kazakhstan's budget. Almaty estimates that in the first seven months of this year, the amount of illegal goods crossing its borders is almost five times higher than the same period last year. And the flow of drugs through Kazakhstan has also been cited as a concern by domestic and foreign police officials.