PESHAWAR: Collectorate of Customs Preventive showed outstanding performance by earning Rs274 million by seizures of non-duty paid items in operations across the province during past forty days.
According to the details, Customs Preventive impounded smuggled goods and vehicles worth Rs274 million during the month of May 2019 in different raids and enforcement activities.
Under the supervision of Collector Asif Saeed Khan Lughmani, the Collectorate impounded 21 non-duty paid vehicles in different operations while 40 vehicles used in smuggling were also confiscated.
The Collectorate seized cloth around 75000 yards worth Rs30 million and twenty tons of dry fruit worth Rs40 million. The Customs staff also seized tyres worth Rs11 million and mobile phones worth Rs20 million.
The customs squad deputed at Torkham border seized gold platinum worth Rs6 million and miscellaneous goods worth Rs75 million were also seized collectively.
These seizures have been made from eight divisions of Preventive with limited resources in terms of logistics and human resource in order to completely eliminate smuggling.
The collectorate got services of only 4 assistant collectors, 8 superintendents, 62 inspectors and 205 sepoys for conducted operations across whole Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The customs authorities have to work hard for thwarting planned operations of mega cross border smuggling due to low number of enforcement field officers.
Still the number of seizures made by Customs Preventive is high in Pakistan which shows efficiency and commitment of customs officials at Preventive Peshawar. The chairman Federal Board of Revenue needs to insure full logistic support and manpower to support enforcement of duties and generate extra revenue by curbing smuggling at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.