HYDERABAD: The Customs Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO), Customs Preventive Hyderabad, seized smuggled non-duty-paid computer sets, hard discs, CPUs, Dell DVD laptops HD and different GB items valued at Rs1.6million involving duties and taxes of millions during an operation at Bypass Hyderabad during five days of July 2017-18.
Smuggled items were being transported from Karachi to Bahawalpur.
Following the direction of Model Customs Collectorate Collector Akhlaq Ahmad Khattaq, the ASO team is conducting various operations in the regions in order to foil the smuggling bids, officials said.
During a recent operation, Additional Collector Rehmatulah Vistro, after receiving a tip-off, formed a team, comprising Superintendent Ghulam Shabbier Phulpoto, Inspectors Imdad Ali Abro, Abdul Majeed Barich, Abid Khan, Mushtaq Ali Lakho, Sepoys Nenomal, Luqman, Abdul Razaq, Saddiq Khaskheli, Sarwar Ayoub, Drivers Sher Akbar, Ajaz Saddam, Umer Solangi and Nisar Ahemdani Ajaz, which took part in the action.
The team intercepted a public transport vehicle near Bypass Hyderabad and recovered a huge quantity of smuggled foreign origin goods including 500 computer sets, used hard discs, CPUs, Dell model 780 laptops, HD DVDs and different GBs and other smuggled items valued at Rs1.6million involving duties and taxes amounting to Rs386734.
Officials asked the driver to produce any legal document related to the possession of the items but he was unable to do so. So the consignment was confiscated.
A case was registered and an investigation was also started. The ASO deposited the confiscated goods into Hyderabad State Warehouse. Talking with Customs Today, Customs Additional Collector Rehmatullah Vistro said the Hyderabad Customs showed excellent performance regarding the anti-smugglings during said period.
Officials said all possible measures will be taken to curb smugglings in the region as vigilance has also been enhanced.