PETALING JAYA: The Customs Department has thwarted an attempt to smuggle contraband beer with RM644,000 worth of unpaid duties into the country.
The department's central zone principal assistant director Datuk Zazuli Johan said they detected a 40-foot container at North Port, Port Klang around 6pm on Aug 26 following information and intelligence gathering.
"Checks on the container revealed RM110,520 worth of contraband beer inside with RM644,000 in unpaid duties.
"The contents of the container were declared as kitchenware and had been shipped from a neighbouring country," he said in a statement on Friday (Sept 3).
He said the contraband was hidden at the back of the container while other items such as toys and plastic utensils were placed in front to dupe authorities.
"We are now tracing the company as well as import agents involved for further action.
"A representative from the shipping company has already given us a statement to help our investigations.
“The case is being investigated as importing cigarettes without an import permit under Section 135(1)(a) of the Customs Act," he said, urging those with information on such activities to come forward.
He welcomed the public to help in their fight against smuggling activities, especially those involving cigarettes, alcohol, fireworks, drugs and vehicles.
“Those with information should come forward immediately. Your identities will be kept strictly confidential,” he said.
Anyone with information should contact the toll-free hotline at 1-800-88-8855 or go to the nearest Customs office.