PORT KLANG: The state Customs Department had seized 22 cars worth more than RM333,000 from their owners for evading taxes worth more than RM933,000.
The cars seized over the last four months included Mercedes Benz 320, Volvo 940, Rover 620, Honda Odyssey, Honda Accord and Honda Civic models.
State Customs Department director Datuk Wazir Muaz said the new vehicle number identification (Nik System) jointly used by Customs and the Road Transport Department had been effective in acting against syndicates smuggling cars from overseas.
He advised individuals or companies interested in buying imported cars to check with the Nik System whether the importers had obtained an approved permit.
Purchasers cannot claim to be ignorant if they are caught buying smuggled cars as the onus is on them to check whether the importers had paid taxes, said Wazir.
Wazir, who was speaking at a press conference after launching the departments Clients' Day yesterday, said for the first quarter of this year, the department had seized goods worth RM4.125mil, an increase of 34.17% compared to the same period last year.
The amount of taxes we recovered from defaulters under the Customs Act 1967 over the same period is RM14.28mil, which is a 35% increase when compared to the same period last year, he added.
Apart from cars, the other seized items include cigarettes worth RM2.077mil, kretek cigarettes (RM653,459), waste paper (RM377,400), rice (RM142,150), beer (RM259,435) and rubber wood (RM156,250).