Pakistan Customs to ensure strict caution at all airports: FBR

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Raza Kazmi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Customs (FBR) has stepped up enforcement at all International Airports across Pakistan to prevent smuggling of items which have recently been banned by the Federal Government vide SRO No. 598(I)/2022, dated 19.05.2022 by amending Import Policy Order, 2022. This round-the-clock vigilance at International Terminals to prevent smuggling has already resulted in seizures of these items which were being brought in in the garb of bonafide passenger baggage, a FBR spokesperson disclosed here Tuesday.
During scanning and checking at Jinnah International Airport (JIAP), Karachi on 23.05.2022, banned items such as food stuff, fruits, sanitary wares, used mobile phones, and branded shoes, in commercial quantities were recovered. The said items have been detained/seized under Section 168 of the Customs Act, 1969 for violation of SRO 598(I)/2022, dated 19.05.2022, (Import Policy Order, 2022) and Sections 16 and 139 of the Customs Act, 1969.
While commending the efforts of Pakistan Customs, Chairman FBR has reiterated unflinching resolve of the FBR to further strengthen enforcement measures at all airports, seaports, and land border stations to ensure the prevention of smuggling of goods including newly banned items. However, Finance Minister and Chairman FBR have issued instructions not to bother bona fide passengers bringing in goods in non commercial/small quantities for personal use and to facilitate such passengers at airports to the maximum extent possible as per legal provisions.