Customs Intelligence recovers large quantity of liquor from diplomatic consignments

KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi has recovered 2,268 bottles of foreign Whisky from consignments declared to contain food stuff imported by Embassy of Syrian Arab Republic in Islamabad.

Pursuant to a information received through Director Irfan Javed regarding smuggling of liquor in the garb of diplomatic goods, staff blocked a number of consignments in March, 2019 imported by the Embassies of Indonesia, Syria, Algeria and Lebanon after clearance from the relevant Model Customs Collectorate.

HQs was requested vide various correspondences to approach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nominating its representative for conducting joint examinations. The Ministry nominated its representative for joint examination of Indonesian Embassy consignment, which resulted in the recovery of 1,080 bottles of whisky (600 bottles ‘Black Label’ and 480 bottles ‘Chivas Regal’).

The Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic vide their letter written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disowned two consignments imported in the names of its diplomats i.e., H.E. Mr. Radwan Loutfi and Mrs. Maha Al Aswad against the Exemption Certificate.

Both consignments cleared from MCC Appraisement (West) Karachi had been blocked by the Directorate on information of comprising contraband goods. The said consignments were declared to contain food stuff, however, examination conducted resulted in the recovery of 2,268 bottles of Whisky (672 bottles “Chivas Regal, 660 bottles Johny Walker Black Label, 468 bottles James Catto’s and 468 bottles of White & Mackay) in four pallets which did not contain any food stuff at all.

Accordingly, the consignments, being liable to confiscation, have been seized underway.

The Incident Report is accordingly submitted along with the request that Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad, may be reminded to expedite its decision on this office requests for joint examination of remaining consignments belonging to the Embassies of Lebanon and Algeria as identical mis-declaration is also suspected therein.

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