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04/08/1994

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Incomers 'At Mercy' Of Bad Law

Persons transporting their belongings in and out of Russia are falling victim to the whims of individual customs inspectors under a ""vague and poorly written"" Russian law imposing a 63 percent tariff on some goods, customs officials said Thursday. ""We don't know how we are supposed to place a value on the goods,"" said Nikolai Ivanov, deputy head of customs at Sheremetyevo-2 airport. ""The decree says nothing about that. Everybody does it differently. It is vague and poorly written."" ""I feel a little sorry for anyone bringing in personal goods,"" said the head of customs for the Marina Roshcha truck clearing station in northern Moscow. ""This law is terrible. It is almost illiterate. We try to be fair, but what can we do about a bad law? People are really at the mercy of the custom's official who is on duty at the time their things are cleared."" The State Customs Committee has been swamped with telephone calls from ""panicky foreigners"" worried by the Dec.

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