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ASO impounds vehicles, contraband items worth Rs 370m in 11 months

ASO impounds vehicles, contraband items worth Rs 370m in 11 months

LAHORE: Customs Anti- Smuggling Organization (ASO) has impounded goods and non-customs’ paid items worth Rs 370 million from various places in the city during the first 11 months of the financial year 2016-17.

Sources told Customs Today, the ASO registered 307 cases of non-duty paid items and vehicles worth Rs 370 million. The ASO Lahore registered 47 cases of non-duty paid vehicles worth Rs 91 million during the period under review.

As per data, the ASO registered 228 cases of non-customs paid items worth Rs 279 million and seized 47 vehicles of high values, including Toyota, Mercedes, Honda, Mark-X Land Cruisers and Parado. On the other hand, the ASO seized various contraband items from the smugglers.

The items that the ASO confiscated included plastic dana, marble, cloth, skimmed milk, auto-parts, LED TVs, mobile phones, sheets, oil, greese and other items,

The sources said that the ASO seized the items and vehicles from various places in and around the city including Ravi Road, Band Road, Data Darbar, Muslim Town, Gulberg, Defense, Icchra and other such places.

Sources said that Collector of Customs Lahore Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhary has told the ASO officers and officials to go behind the smugglers and adopt zero tolerance against any type of smuggling. Sources said that as the current fiscal year is going to expire soon, Customs Intelligence and Investigation teams expedited their efforts to curb smuggling attempts.