Customs seizes RM10mil worth of smuggled steel in Klang

KLANG: The Customs Department has seized close to RM10mil worth of smuggled steel here.

Customs Department director-general Datuk Seri Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir said the seizure was made during Ops Waja from June 29 to July 2.

"We detected a total of 57 containers loaded with steel without proper documentation.

"Based on our checks, the items were declared as ‘Nickel Steel Plate in Coil’ and ‘Hot Rolled Stainless Steel Coils’, which did not need import permits," he said in a statement on Thursday (Aug 5).

He said steel was classified as a prohibited trade under Item 1, Fourth Schedule/Section Two of the Customs (Prohibition of Imports) Order 2017.

"The seizure is estimated to be worth RM6.11mil with unpaid duties amounting to RM3.53mil.

"We are now conducting further investigations into the importer and Customs agent involved in the smuggling of these containers," he said.

He urged the public to help authorities in the fight against smuggling activities, especially involving cigarettes, alcohol, fireworks, drugs and vehicles.

“Your identities will be kept strictly confidential,” he said.

Anyone with information should contact the Customs toll-free hotline at 1800-88-8855 or head to the nearest Customs Department office.

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