Customs team recovers smuggled cigarettes

KARACHI: In its constant and ongoing campaign against smuggling of foreign origin goods causing heavy financial loss to national exchequer, Directorate Customs Intelligence recovered huge quantity of foreign origin smuggled cigarettes of different brands in a successful operation.

According to details, information was received that a sizable quantity of foreign brands of cigarettes are on move to find way in local markets. Acting on this, a team of Customs Intelligence consisting SIO Haji Mohammad Aslam and IOs Akmal Hashmi, Qasim Ali Alvi and Saif Hashmi was alerted to foil the attempt.

As a result, a Bedford Truck bearing Reg No. JT-0156 was halted near Denso Hall which was loaded with a container. On the spot inquiry showed a huge quantity of cigarettes loaded in container. The same was escorted to the office of Customs Intelligence for further search.

Detailed scrutiny of the container revealed that 299 Cartons having 23350 bars of foreign origin smuggled cigarettes were present in the container. These included Pine Menthol, Super Slim ESSE, More Menthol and Mount Super Slim brand etc. Total value of the contraband, including the truck, was determined as more than Rs 17,000,000.

After fulfilling the requirements of law, the same were taken into official custody along with the truck used for transportation of smuggling. An FIR in this regard was also lodged under the Customs Act, 1969. Further legal formalities with reference to submission of Challan in the court of Special Judge Customs and seizure were underway.

On telephonic contact, Mohammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui, Director, Customs Intelligence, informed that the recent seizure has been made in line with the anti-smuggling strategy of FBR and under the instructions of Director General Customs Intelligence Lutfullah Virk.

He further told that during the last couple of months, Customs Intelligence also seized foreign origin smuggled cigarettes valuing more than Rs 80,000,000. He also added that Pakistan Tobacco Company has also been appreciating the efforts of Director of Custom’s Intelligence to curb illicit cigarettes trade in Pakistan in their letters to Chairman FBR, Member Customs and Director General Customs Intelligence.

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