Tk 2cr Indian saris seized in Benapole

Published : 11 Nov 2020 09:13 PM

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel seized a truck loaded Indian saris worth Tk 2 crore from a consignment of chocolates imported from India with false declaration in Jashaore on Wednesday.

The customs authorities suspended the licence of a clearing and forwarding (C&F) agent for processing sfalse documents following the incident.

BGB-49 Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Selim Reza said M/S Sonali Trading from Bagachara Bazar in Jashore’s Sharsha upazila, imported a truck of 202 packages of chocolates and other goods from India with the manifest number 23616.

C&F agent M/S. Mukti Enterprise submitted the documents to the Custom House Benapole to clear the consignment - customs B/E number 48569.

As chocolate is a children food, the customs authorities sent samples to the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution to assess its quality, said Billal Hossain, deputy commissioner (DC) of customs.

It will take 10 days for the customs authorities to receive the BSTI’s clearance.

Therefore, the C&F agent Mukti Enterprise paid the revenue for chocolate and applied to the commissioner to not deliver the goods until the test report arrives. The importer the left 74 cartoons of chocolates and took the other goods.

After receiving the test report on imported chocolates, the C&F agent delivered to the port on Wednesday.

But, BGB members seized the truck (Dhaka Metro-A 11-2653) from Benapole Bazar while it was on its way to Dhaka after picking 50 cartoons of Indian sarees outside the Port.

Later, the BGB searched the truck and seized Indian sarees worth Tk 2 crore, DC Bellal said.

The consignment of sarees and the truck were handed over to the Custom House Benapol.

Benapole Customs Commissioner Md Azizur Rahman said the C&F agent Mukti Enterprise upload the sarees outside the port instead of taking the chocolate cartoons.

So, the license of M/S Mukti Enterprise, which processed the documents of the imported goods, was suspended, he added.