Seizure of 2000 pirate FTA components in Peru
Lima’s Customs Officials identified a shipment of components which had been declared as “computer components” but, having attended various Alianza trainings, they suspected the shipment in fact contained pirate FTA components instead. After Tranport and Communications ministry MTC issued a statement confirming the components were indeed FTA, the merchandise was considered “Traffic of restricted merchandise,” under Customs’ regulations, a crime punishable with up to 8 years imprisonment. Alianza provided evidence that the importer had entered similar shipments in the past. Customs will now proceed to report the traffic of restricted merchandise to the local prosecutor.