HYDERABAD: The Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO), Sukkur division, has confiscated foreign origin non-duty-paid useable 31 smuggled sacks of auto-parts valued at Rs4.6million during an action at Dera Mori check-post of Sukkur division in July 2017-18.
Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Hyderabad Akhlaq Ahmed Khattaq directed his staff that smuggling attempts should be frustrated in the region. Additional Collector Rehmatulah Vistro received a tip-off regarding the smuggling of foreign origin non-duty-paid auto-parts.
He formed a team, comprising ASO Customs Preventive Sukkur In-charge Zulfiqar Jamali, Inspector Manzoor Jamali, Inspector Tufail Bhutto, Sepoys and a driver, which participated in the operation.
The ASO team intercepted a public transport vehicle near Dera Mori Sukkur and recovered non-duty-paid useable 31 smuggled sacks of auto-parts. The market value of the items is Rs2.8million involving duties and taxes amounting to Rs1.8million during the above said period.
Prior to the recovery of goods, the officials asked the driver for producing the documents regarding the legal import of the items but he could not prove anything lawful. So the team impounded the items under the customs bylaws.
A case was registered against the accused and sent to the customs adjudication for further legal action. The ASO deposited the confiscated goods into Sukkur-Larkana division State Warehouse.
Officials said that Hyderabad Customs Collector Akhlaq Ahmad Khattaq had directed that effective steps be taken for curbing the smuggling in the region. They added that the anti-smuggling officials have enhanced the vigilance on roads to keep an eye on the movement of the contraband items and NDP vehicles.