Customs team recovers 436 tons of smuggled plastic granules


KARACHI: Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation-FBR, Anti-Smuggling (Customs), Karachi, during a raid on took into custody more than 436 tons of plastic granules of different origins.

According to detail, the goods were recovered by a team of Customs Intelligence, ASO from a godown located in Baldia, SITE. The 67 tons of plastic granules are of Irani origin which are not importable and are a notified item. The Irani origin plastic granules is brought only through unauthorized routes by way of smuggling.

The Irani origin plastic goods have been formally seized under the Customs Act, 1969, and an FIR has been lodged against it. The godown management was unable to produce any document of the owners of the smuggled goods on the spot. Efforts are being made to arrest the persons involved in the smuggling.

The 369 tons of plastic granules are a different origin including Thailand etc but the documents of its legal import and payment of duty and taxes could not be produced on the spot. The godown administration has been asked to produce the owners of the goods alongwith the documents. On contact Director Customs Intelligence, Mohammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui, told during a press conference that the present raid is in continuance of the campaign launched to recover illegally stored smuggled goods from different places.

He further told that during past couple of weeks various premises have been raided and smuggled goods worth millions of rupees including electronic items, diesel, petrol, motor oil and cumin seeds etc have been seized. A team of Customs Intelligence headed by Assistant Director Kaleem Ullah, including SIOs Mohammad Aslam and Intelligence Officers, Akmal Hashmi, Saif Hashmi, Munawwar Ali and Pervaiz Ahmed Zardari participated in the raid.

The strategy of action was supervised by Additional Director Nadeem Ahsan. He added that further investigation in the case of plastic granules are underway. The recent action is in line with the Anti-Smuggling Strategy of FBR and direction of Director General of Customs Intelligence Lutfullah Virk. Despite scarcity of resources, the action against smuggling will continue with full force.