They stop smuggling of bull semen that came to Iguazú

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 | 10:28 p.m.

Customs in Puerto Iguazú seized a container containing around 200 frozen bull embryos, which together have a value of around 500,000 dollars, and prevented them from being smuggled.

In a statement it was reported that “during a routine review process, Customs reviewed a Brazilian vehicle headed for Puerto Iguazú and in the back of the vehicle detected a container with nitrogen, one of those used for the transport of semen or living material.”

During the inspection procedure, the transporter revealed that the container contained “around 200 frozen bull embryos, which have a market value of between 2,000 and 3,000 dollars per unit”, which in total would exceed 500,000 dollars.

Given the novelty, all the merchandise was seized and Customs intervened with Senasa as enforcement authority, to submit samples for analysis “in order to accurately determine the breed, pedigree and other characteristics.”

In the statement, Customs specified that during 2019 frozen bull embryos were imported for a value of US$ 10,900,000; post-pandemic, in 2021, for US$15,940,000; and from 01/01/2022 to 9/18/2022 for a total amount of US$14,700,000.

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