OREANDA-NEWS  The Financial Monitoring Agency (AFM) of Kazakhstan has identified a scheme of gray grain imports from Russia for further export using fictitious documents, the press service of the department reported.

"The scheme of gray import of Russian grain for the purpose of further export to third countries through the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan was identified by the AFM Department for the Pavlodar region under the coordination of the Transport Prosecutor's Office of the region," the agency said in a press release.

The investigation found that one of the companies in 2021-2022 exported to Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan Russian grain in the amount of 8.3 thousand tons worth more than 1 billion tenge ($ 2.2 million).

"At the same time, in order to obtain a preferential export tariff, the company used fictitious invoices of domestic farms allegedly confirming the Kazakh origin of grain, which allowed it to evade the transit tariff and cause damage to KTZ Freight Transportation LLP (a subsidiary of the national railway company) in the amount of almost 150 million tenge (333 thousand dollars)," - it is reported in the press release. The pre-trial investigation is ongoing.