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FIU Sargodha impounds trailer loaded with smuggling computers & LCDs priced at Rs7.3m

FIU Sargodha impounds trailer loaded with smuggling computers & LCDs priced at Rs7.3m

FAISALABAD: The Field Investigation Unit (FIU) Sargodha of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Faisalabad confiscated foreign origin (F/O) used computers and LCDs worth Rs4million involving customs duties and taxes of Rs2million besides impounding a trailer valued at Rs3.3million being used for transportation of smuggling items.

Sources told Customs Today that Superintendent Muhammad Tahir received a tip off about some smuggling attempts. He immediately constituted a customs team comprising Intelligence Officer Ansar Saleemi.

The team intercepted a trailer with registration No: JU-5572 near Moosa Khel, district Mianwali. During the checking, the customs team recovered F/O used computers and LCDs.

The team asked the driver, Mansoor Ahmed Khan son of Haji Lal Khan, to show the documents regarding its legal import but he failed to do the same. The customs officials seized the goods under the Import and Export Control Act-1950 punishable under Section 156 (1) 89 and 178 of the Customs Act-1969.

A few days later, owner Khawaja Muhammad Bilal son of Khawaja Muhammad Irfan appeared in the office and submitted an affidavit on the stamp paper claiming the ownership of the impounded items and showing his willingness to pay the duties and taxes.

The Sargodha Intelligence Authority has forwarded the seizure report to the customs adjudication for further legal action.