Smuggled mobile phones, smart watches seized

KARACHI: MCC Preventive Lahore has made a huge seizure of smuggled mobile phones as four Mazda truck load of phones have been recovered from a warehouse of M/s Digicom located in Bahria Town Lahore.
Information was received from Chief Collector Central Zeba Hai Azhar about the presence of smuggled Qmobile phones. Collector Faiz Ahmed formed a team headed by additional collector.
Subsequently, the ASO team headed by Deputy Collector Naveed Ur Rehman searched the warehouse of M/s Digicom and recovered large quantity of smart watches, mobile phones and accessories worth Rs230 million. These goods were imported without payment of duty and taxes through illegal channels.
Earlier, Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation Customs Lahore raided a warehouse in Lahore and recovered mobile phones (mostly Q mobile) and their accessories, as a countrywide crackdown against smuggled mobile phones is underway.
It may be recalled that MCC Preventive Karachi caught a container of mobile phones imported by M/s Digicom declared as LED lights and recovered over 60,000 Qmobile phones. Subsequently Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation Karachi recovered a huge quantity of smuggled Qmobile phones owned by M/s Digicom and thereafter MCC Preventive Karachi made another seizure of smuggled mobile phones.
It was known that Director MCC Preventive Karachi Dr. Iftikhar along with Additional Collector Aamir Thiem, Deputy Collector Mohammad Faisal and ASO team are considering a campaign of raiding mobile malls and markets to recover smuggled goods. Meanwhile, Director I&I Karachi Samina Wajid along with Additional Director Ali Zaman Gardezi, Deputy Collector Shah Faisal and their team have reportedly initiated information gathering to identify warehouses and shops housing smuggled goods.
For the last two and a half year, Green Channel facility has served the primary benefactor of unscrupulous elements as a flood of high-value, high-tariff and even contrabands were cleared through green channel through mis-declaration causing a loss to the national exchequer.

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