SARGODHA: Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) seized 1395 kilograms of foreign origin almonds worth Rs1,20,0000 involving customs duty and taxes to the tune of Rs619569.
Sources told Customs Today that ASO team intercepted a used mini truck bearing registration no: FDS-18-8844 near Siyal Mor Interchange and recovered foreign origin almonds.
The vehicle was loaded with different kind of local goods as well as foreign origin almond without shell. The officials asked the driver Syed Naseer Ali Shah to produce documents regarding its legal import of almonds but he remained failed.
After his failure ASO team impounded the truck loaded with almonds under Section 168 import and Export Control Act 1950 punishable under Section 156 (1) 90 (i) of the Custom Act 1969.
The ASO team comprising Superintendent Choudhary Sardar Muhammad, Inspector Malik Atif Mumtaz, Havaldar Muhammad Ashraf, Sepoy Hafiz Naseer Ahmed, Muhammad Mansha and others participated in the raid.
After a considerable passage of time the owners of the confiscated dry fruit showed willingness to pay taxes after which the case has been sent to the adjudication for further legal action.