Kemaskini terakhir pada Isnin, 28 September 2009 10:44 Isnin, 28 September 2009 10:18
PORT KLANG: Firecrackers from China are being smuggled into the country ahead of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations, and the authorities have begun a crackdown.
Selangor Customs director Datuk Roslan Mohd Yusof said the contraband fireworks of the cottage-trade variety, made on the outskirts of Xiamen villages in China, were very cheap and earned smugglers a huge profit.
He said Customs officers seized firecrackers and cigarettes worth RM8.17mil at North Port on Monday.
“From Xiamen 1,640 cartons of firecrackers were smuggled in, while officers also managed to seized another container from Haipong, Vietnam, with 10,590,000 cigarette sticks declared as motorcycle parts and poster paper respectively”, he said.
Roslan, speaking at Wisma Kastam in North Port, said the firecrackers, known as ‘mini canons’, provided a 45-second display.
“We have not made any arrest but investigations are going on. Our men had to act fast to negate efforts to bring the containers out of the port area.
“Companies mentioned on the Customs forms are being investigated despite the wrong addresses,” he added.
Roslan said a new high-speed scanner, similar to the one in Westport, would be placed at North Port to help officials cope with the checking of containers.
Kemaskini terakhir pada Isnin, 28 September 2009 10:44 Isnin, 28 September 2009 10:15
JOHOR BARU 4 July: The Johor Customs seized 785 cartons of cigarettes valued at RM1.41mil and 68 cartons of alcoholic drinks worth RM16,020 which were being smuggled into the country in three raids in the city on Thursday and Friday.
Johor Customs director Mohd Subre Ishak said 100 cartons of cigarettes valued at RM180,000 on which duty of RM487,000 was unpaid and 68 cartons of alcoholic drinks which did not have Customs approval were seized from a lorry along Jalan Lingkaran Dalam at 1.45am on Friday.
“The lorry driver, a 38-year-old man, has been detained for further investigation,” he told reporters at Menara Kastam, here Friday night.
Two days ago, 450 cartons of cigarettes valued at RM810,000 on which duty of RM2.19mil was unpaid was seized at 6.50pm from a lorry from Singapore entering the Tanjung Puteri Customs area.
He said the lorry driver, who had declared that he was not carrying dutiable goods, fled when Customs officers wanted to inspect the vehicle.
Mohd Subre said that at 9am on the same day, Customs officers seized 235 cartons of cigarettes valued at RM423,000 on which duty of RM1.14mil was unpaid from a lorry travelling north at Km166 of the North-South Expressway near Tangkak.
“Realising that the lorry was being tailed by Customs officers, the driver abandoned the vehicle on the road and ran into an oil palm plantation,” he said. -Bernama