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Swiss customs seize Chinese statue from UK

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A terracotta statue dating back to about 200 BC has been returned to the Chinese authorities after being intercepted by customs in Switzerland, the Swiss government said on Friday.

The statue from the Han dynasty measures about 47 centimetres (18.5 inches) and is thought to be of a servant, the federal department of culture said in a statement.
   
It was recovered by customs officers at Basel Mulhouse airport in a package originating from Britain and bound for an address in the canton of Vaud, near Geneva.
   
"In Switzerland, cultural items must be declared," said the ministry, adding that because the parcel was not declared as such, it was confiscated.

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