MULTAN: Collectorate of Customs Enforcement on a tip-off, has seized a huge quantity of smuggled goods, i.e., cloth, cigarettes, crockery and edibles etc., as found stored/dumped in a Godown situated in Industrial Estate Area. The net worth of the seized goods (inclusive of Duty and taxes and the vehicles) is, approximately, Rs134 million.
On the directives of Collector Chaudry Imran Ahmad, Additional Collector Shafiqur Rehman and Deputy Collector Rehan Akram have tightened the monitoring and strengthened the intelligence network to thwart any attempt of moving smuggled goods.
An operation was conducted successfully with the assistance of the Police after the Godown was raided. As no documents showing import of the recovered goods were provided, therefore, the goods along with two vehicles as loaded with the smuggled goods were taken into custody by the Customs ASO staff after completing all the legal formalities.
The Collectorate, under the supervision of Collector Imran Ahmad Chaudhary has seized smuggled goods of worth Rs.2.5 billion during the period from August 2021 to-date, which is 67% higher than the corresponding period of the previous fiscal-year.
Apart from the above, strenuous efforts have been made to enhance revenue collection by conducting auctions of the long pending lots by collecting Rs.307.83 million from sale proceed of vehicles/miscellaneous goods.
These efforts have yielded positive results and revenue has increased by 142% in comparison of last year. The policy of zero-tolerance against smuggling of goods continues unabated.