Russia Airport Customs Detains Passenger Smuggling 30 iPhone 5s

Customs at Moscow Sheremetyevo airport detained a Russian citizen bringing 30 iPhone 5s from Germany in his carry-on luggage, the Federal Customs Service said in an e-mailed statement today.

The handsets were sent to an appraiser to ascertain their value, the Customs Service said. According to Russian legislation, individuals importing goods worth more than 10,000 euros ($12,870) have to pay as much as 30 percent duty, according to the statement.

Sales of Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) new phone started in the U.S., Germany and seven other countries on Sept. 21. In Russia, where official sales of the iPhone 5 may begin in December, devices acquired abroad were offered for as much as $3,700. Current prices in the gray market have fallen to about $2,050 for a model with 64 gigabytes of storage.

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