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Quetta Customs, LEAs taking effective measures to curb smuggling: Collector Irfan Javed

QUETTA: Collectorate of Customs Enforcement and Compliance Collector Irfan Javed has said that due to inter-agency cooperation and effective crackdown, the flood of smuggling of contraband goods and NCP vehicles from Pakistan-Afghanistan and Iran border has decreased.

Talking with Customs Today in exclusive talk he said that this office has speed up anti-smuggling drive on its own as well as with the support of Frontier Corps (Baluchistan), Police and other law enforcement agencies.

The Collector said that resultantly, we have surpassed the revenue target assigned for the 1st quarter of FY 2020-21, the assigned target of customs duty for the 1st quarter 2020-21 was Rs68 million against which Customs Enforcement and Compliance has collected Rs 129 million which is almost 190% increase over the given target.

He said that due to taken new measures for stopping menace of smuggling within the region, he added as a result the ASO seized 221 NDP (non duty paid) vehicles whereas 247 vehicles used in the transportation of smuggled / offending goods were seized and penalized.

Comparing the seized goods against same correspondence period, the Collector said that during July to September 2019-20 the ASO Quetta seized 64 numbers of NDP vehicles worth Rs111.47 million while during current first quarter of 2020-21 the ASO seized 221 numbers of NDPs in value of Rs326.42 million, this performance showed 245 percent increase against same correspondence period.

Notwithstanding the infra-structure constraints, the Collectorate’s intensified anti-smuggling drive against narcotics trafficking has resulted in seizures of 1300 kilograms of hashish from 1st July 2020 to 30th September 2020 as compared to the “Zero” quantity in the corresponding period of the last year.

The Collector said that the above described figures are indicative of the considerable improvement that has been made by this office in all areas of performance.


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