Customs teams recovered various smuggled goods in Dec 2015: Report

KARACHI: Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation (Anti-smuggling), Karachi during an operation against smuggling in the month of December 2015 recovered a huge quantity of various smuggled goods worth crores of rupees.

According to a report, four persons have also been arrested. During this, anti-smuggling campaign in the December 2015, 1421 foreign origin smuggled tyres were seized from Bahadurabad and Azizabad which were illegally brought without payment of duty and taxes.

In another raid, a team of Customs Intelligence seized 148 smuggled gas cylinders from a godown located in SITE area Karachi for which no customs documents for payment of duty and taxes were provided during questioning. The 40,000 liters smuggled Iranian diesel and petrol were recovered from the jurisdiction of Saeedabad police station at Yousuf Goth, Karachi, which was concealed in underground tanks.

In addition, smuggled vehicles, gutka and black tea was also taken in to custody. In response to a query, Director Customs Intelligence (Anti-smuggling) Mohammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui confirmed these seizures and told that value of smuggled items is more than Rs 9.5 crores (Rs95 million). Four persons involved in smuggling were also arrested and FIRs have been lodged in the Customs court as per procedure and law.

Challans will be submitted after investigation, and seizure report will be sent to the adjudicating authority concerned as required under the Customs Act, 1969. The director further informed that during the Financial Year 2015-16, smuggled goods worth Rs1 billion and Rs 8 crores (Rs 1088.77 million) were also seized that include smuggled diesel, electronic items, vehicles, tyres, liquor and narcotics etc.

Anti-smuggling operation was conducted in line with the strategy of FBR and under instructions of the Director General, Customs Intelligence Imtiaz Ahmed. Additional Director Nadeem Ahsan supervised these operations, which were materialized by teams of Customs Intelligence including Assistant Director Kaleemullah, Superintendents Najeebullah Jaffery and Mehmood Abbas and other official.