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SRS confiscates 700 kg of fruits, vegetables and berries at Night market

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUWhen performing 19 so-called thematic inspections at the Farmers or Night market, the most often violation uncovered by the State Revenue Service (SRS) was that traders often sold products that were made to look as though they were grown in Latvia. In reality, however, those were mostly foreign products with no documents confirming their origin. Because of this, SRS confiscated a total of 696 kg of import fruits, vegetables and berries. All confiscated goods were handed over to Riga Zoological Garden.

During the inspections, SRS operatives performed purchases and checked documents that showed the origin of the products, as well as traders’ compliance with the use of cash registers and whether or not market workers had job contracts.

In total, SRS noted violations in all 19 performed inspections. SRS inspectors most often found that traders do not register payments at the cash register or that there was no cash register at all.

SRS confiscated 280 kg of watermelons, 116 kg of grapes, 94 kg of melons, 25.6 kg of paprika, 18 kg of apricots, 31.6 kg of apples and pears.

As it is known, in order for the SRS to successfully apply penalties to foreign traders for violations they commit, the service has to be able to prove that a specific foreign trader performs economic activities in Latvia on a regular basis (three or more times in a year). Therefore, it is not enough to uncover violations in a person’s economic activities just once.

The SRS urges Riga municipal police to pay attention to night markets. Specifically whether foreigners sell agricultural products, and inform SRS about any uncovered violations.

Also, during inspections, the SRS had difficulties with identifying the origins of some products, because some Latvian traders procure their products from foreigners and them sell them as though they were made in Latvia.

The SRS reminds that market trading activities are allowed to be carried out in locations meant for such activities for legal or actual persons who have registered their economic activities at the SRS.

The service will continue to monitor Latvian markets. Its goal is to prevent any violations in regard to trading, especially regarding foreign goods. The service urges residents to report possible violations in regard to taxes. The SRS has a 24/7 free trust hotline 80009070. Residents can also submit written complaints.

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