HYDERABAD: The Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO), Customs Preventive Sukkur, has confiscated foreign origin non-duty-paid 13 sacks, 22 cartons, 630 boxes and 63,000 of smuggling IV cannulas priced at Rs6.3million involving duties and taxes of Rs2.2million during a raid on an area of Sukkur division during the past nine days of August 2017-18.
Hyderabad Customs Collector Akhlaq Ahmad Khattaq received a tip-off about the smuggling of foreign origin goods. He immediately formed a raiding party under the supervision of Additional Collector Amir Nawaz Hamid.
The team raided the area of railway station Shikarpur, Sukkur division, and recovered the abovementioned item. The officials asked the driver to show the documents regarding the legal import and lawful possession of the recovered article, but he could not produce the same.
So the officials confiscated the item under the customs bylaws besides impounding the vehicle being used for smuggling. The seized item has been shifted to Sukkur Warehouse while a case has been submitted to the Customs Adjudication for further proceedings. The customs will present the said item for auction provided the case is decided in favor of the department.
The ASO team, consisting of Deputy Collector Zam Zam Aman, some Inspectors and others, participated in the action carried out against the smuggling.
Officials said that efforts were being expedited to arrest the smuggling in the region. The surveillance has also been enhanced on roads to keep an eye on the smuggling of non-duty-paid items and vehicles.