KLANG: Smugglers attempted to sneak in over 45,000 litres of beer with unpaid duties worth RM1.3mil by declaring them as stainless steel pipes and castor wheels.
Customs department assistant director-general Datuk Zazuli Johan said they checked a container at the CFS2 warehouse at Westport, Port Klang yesterday.
“We found 23,076 litres of alcoholic beverages worth RM115,380 with unpaid taxes worth RM1.07mil inside the 40-foot container.
“The items had been smuggled in with its bill of lading stating that the container was supposed to be loaded with stainless steel welded pipes, ” he said in a statement.
He said on May 29, they had checked a different 40-foot container at Northport, Port Klang and found 22,176 litres of alcoholic beverages.
“The beverages were worth RM110,880 with RM346,500 in unpaid taxes.
“The shipment was initially declared as castor wheels, ” he said adding that the agent involved has been identified and is being sought to assist further investigations.
Zazuli urged anyone with information on smuggling of cigarettes, alcohol, fireworks, drugs and vehicles to come forward immediately and assured the public that their identities would be kept anonymous.
Those with information should contact the Customs Department toll free hotline at 1800 888 855 or go to the nearest Customs office.