ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Customs, as part of its measures to control smuggling, has seized contraband items worth Rs.7409.328 million during last financial year.  No specific survey of smuggled goods has been conducted by Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) during the year mentioned, however, on the basis of intelligence reports, some major smuggling prone items have been identified. According to Pakistan Customs here on Sunday, these items are cloth, tea, tyres & tubes, Iranian diesel, polyethylene HDPE (Plastic Dana), cigarettes, electronic goods, NDP/smuggled vehicles, generators and auto parts.

The Department said it has identified main routes of smuggling as well as the areas/cities where the smuggled goods are stored, supplied and consumed.

The Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation of FBR has launched a massive crackdown against owners of godowns where smuggled goods are dumped.

Consignments of generators, cloth, tea, plastic dana, air conditioners, LED TVs, and cigarettes etc. have been seized from the godowns located in various cities.

The Department said in order to strengthen anti-smuggling operations, the Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation has been designated as focal agency to pool the available resources to check smuggling.

In this regard, assistance of Law Enforcement Agencies has also been solicited while stern action has been taken against the smugglers including lodging of FIRs.

It said more than 70 illegal petrol pumps selling illegal Iranian oil have been demolished with the assistance of Districts Administration, Police and Rangers in Karachi.