KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi has recovered 1,080 bottles of foreign whisky from consignment declared to contain food stuff imported by embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.
Information was received through Director Irfan Javed regarding smuggling of liquor in the garb of diplomatic goods. Additional Director Ali Zaman Gardezi promptly blocked a number of consignments in March, 2019 imported by the Embassies of Indonesia, Syria, Algeria and Lebanon after clearance for the relevant Model Customs Collectors.
HQs wwere requested vide various correspondences to approach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nominating its representative for conducting joint examinations. The Ministry only nominated its representative for joint examination of Indonesian Embassy consignment, which was said to contain food stuff. However, joint examination conducted at BOML Terminal resulted in recovery of 1,080 bottles of whisky (600 bottles ‘Black Label’ and 480 bottles ‘Chivas Regal’) in two wooden boxes which did not contain any food stuff at all.
Accordingly, the consignment being liable to confiscation has been seized and further proceedings are underway. The Directorate has requested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to expedite its decision for joint examination of remaining consignments belonging to the Embassies of Lebanon, Syria and Algeria as identical mis-declaration is also suspected therein.
It may be mentioned here that I&I Karachi has been quite efficient against smuggling of all kinds of goods including liquor.
It may be mentioned here that smuggle of liquor increases ahead of Eid, Christmas and New Year, and the smugglers often use diplomatic consignments for importing the commodity.