Smuggled cosmetics from Pakistan weighing 2800 kg and valued at 1.2 crore are intercepted by Delhi Customs
On November 29, 2021, the Delhi Customs cracked a novel mode of operation and confiscated illicit products worth 1.2 crore in a quick operation. At New Courier Terminal, acting on particular intelligence officers from the Air Cargo Export Commissionerate, an import shipment was intercepted. A case of flagrant smuggling of cosmetics from Pakistan totaling 2800 kg was discovered. To avoid discovery, the products were being transported through Abu Dhabi disguised as domestic items.
By aircraft number EY 218 from Abu Dhabi, a total of 87 consignments had arrived. 84 consignments were found to include Pakistani cosmetics, while three consignments contained perfume concentration from Bahrain. Basic Customs Duty is imposed on all imported commodities from Pakistan at a rate of 200 percent of the value of the items. The products were attempted to be cleared via courier by mis-declaring the origin and description of the goods, as well as their value, in order to avoid paying the appropriate customs duty and IGST. The amount of duty intended to be evaded exceeds Rs. 1 crore.
On November 29, 2021, Delhi Customs intercepted smuggled Pakistani items.
87 distinct identities and addresses of the consignees (recipients) of the stated consignments dispersed across the country were used to smuggle the products and avoid discovery, but the goods in all the bags were determined to be similar. The case is being investigated to determine who the true evader is, who is accused of using multiple names and addresses for the phantom recipients.