A statement from the AFIP specified that as part of the control and inspection procedures deployed during the summer, the agency “dismantled evasion maneuvers for 2,464 tons of grain in Buenos Aires, Mendoza and Córdoba.”
The irregularities, he said, were detected by the specialized areas in agricultural matters over the last 30 days. The agricultural products interdicted by the General Tax Directorate (DGI), he specified, “equivalent to more than 80 trucks with trailers.”
These are quantities that may be important for those affected, but smaller in relation to agricultural campaigns of more than 100 million tons and that, for the current cycle, were estimated at close to 140 million tons, figures now under revision to the low due, precisely, to the drought.
Far from these issues, the body headed by Mercedes Marcó del Pont stressed that the strengthening of control and inspection tasks over the production and transfer of grains, “accompanied by coordination with the federal security forces on routes and joint work between the DGI and the Customs in the ports allowed the AFIP to dismantle abusive maneuvers in the commercialization of 31,000 tons of agricultural products, which is equivalent to more than 1,030 trucks with trailers, between September 2021 and January 2022.
The AFIP also highlighted that the incorporation of new tools during 2021 introduced significant improvements in the inspection capacities of the agricultural sector. Among them, he mentions the use and processing of satellite images and the implementation of the electronic consignment note for the transfer of grains through the country’s routes. “The satellite monitoring of the activity yields information that allows the AFIP to carry out cross-checks with the different databases to enhance the investigation and control actions carried out by the AFIP throughout the country through the DGI,” the statement said.
The supervisory body highlighted operations in which “abusive commercialization” maneuvers of 2,464 tons of grain were dismantled, in three operations, namely:
-One in Adolfo Gonzales Chaves (Buenos Aires): 1,347 tons of wheat.
-Another in Laprida and Coronel Suárez (Buenos Aires): 828 tons of wheat, barley and corn.
-A third party in an unidentified location in Córdoba: 150 tons of broken corn.
-And a fourth in Maipú (Mendoza): another 139 tons of broken corn.
The first case (Gonzálesz Chaves) included actions in storage plants in which it was verified “underdeclaration of stocks since the stock in the stores was greater than declared”. Likewise, the AFIP reported, “the companies did not have the necessary documentation to support the possession of the merchandise.” The DGI carried out physical control tasks in both establishments as well as documentary and registry verification in which a “significant difference in stock and the lack of supporting documentation” was confirmed.
In Laprida and Coronel Suárez, in the south of Buenos Aires, irregularities were detected in the commercialization, the audits were carried out on different companies that operate in the agro-commercial chain on which physical control was carried out, in addition to the documentary and registry comparison. In Laprida, about a firm that makes balanced feed for animal nutrition. There was an interdiction of wheat and barley in the collection and processing plant used by the taxpayer, reported the AFIP, and the DGI verified that the products entered the plant without supporting documentation. The operation in Coronel Suárez was similar.
For its part, in Córdoba the seizure was of products that were intended to be exported to Uruguay in 5 trucks that were in a fiscal warehouse and the operator was an apocryphal taxpayer.
Additionally, in Maipú, Mendoza, the merchandise corresponded to a taxpayer “who did not have the economic and financial capacity” and an inactive CUIT, in addition to appearing in the AFIP’s “unreliable” taxpayer base.
The AFIP also highlighted operations in two locations in Mendoza where garlic was detected “without supporting documentation proving its possession”: 890 tons were interdicted in Pareditas, and another 61 tons in La Primavera, in procedures with the support of the Federal Police and INTA.