‘Steel pipe’ smuggling ruse fails to trick Customs


Johari (second right) and other Customs officers showing the smuggled cigarettes and liquor found in four containers.

CONTRABAND cigarettes and liquor worth more than RM1.8mil, which were declared as steel pipes, were seized by the Customs Department in Port Klang.

The goods found in four containers were seized by the department’s investigation and enforcement unit.

Deputy Customs director (enforcement and compliance) Datuk Johari Alifiah said the containers were handled by two different shipping companies with branches in Port Klang.

“However, both the companies belong to one company.

“A local individual who is the company representative has been arrested.

“The modus operandi of the company is to smuggle the contraband items by declaring them as steel pipes in the Bill of Landing documents,” said Johari.

He was speaking at a press conference at the Customs Department store in Kampung Kastam, Butterworth.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(g) Customs Act 1967 and Excise 1976.

The offence carries a fine of 10 times the value of the contraband or RM100,000 or 20 times the amount or RM500,000 (whichever is higher) or minimum six months’ jail or more but less than five years, if convicted.

“Contraband results in losses for the country and the public should be vigilant.

“Such activities endanger the security of our country,” said Johari.

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