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Contraband seized during operations

The Royal Customs and Excise Department (RCED) conducted routine checks last week, including at the Cargo Division of the Brunei International Airport Cargo Centre (BIACC) on July 13-14, where more than 200 units of undeclared electrical items and 450 pharmaceutical products were intercepted.

Meanwhile, 10 undeclared Home Office Laminator units were discovered in a routine check of a guardhouse in Muara Port.

On July 15, in another routine check at the Cargo Division of the BIACC, officers found 30 packets of undeclared dried food without permit from the Brunei Darussalam Food Authority (BDFA).

That same day, enforcement personnel at the Labu Control Post in Temburong District stopped a commercial vehicle transporting goods over the absence of a permit.

On July 16, officers at the Labu Control Post seized several undeclared items such as car spare parts and survey equipment.

RCED also seized six cartons and 10 packets of cigarettes during an operation in Tanah Jambu. A 39-year-old local man was detained and brought in for further inquiries.

An operation was carried out at an empty restaurant in Lambak Kiri, where a 45-year-old Indonesian man was detained for the alleged possession of 18 cartons and 168 packets of cigarettes.

The RCED officers also found banknotes amounting to BND 1,976.25, SDG 2.90 and IDR 969,000 on the premises.

Bringing commercial and private commodities into the country without a valid declaration document is an offence under the Customs Order 2006 and the Excise Order 2006.

If convicted, the customs agents involved will be levied with a fine of no more than BND500 or prosecuted and have their licences revoked.

The public is also advised to steer clear of smuggling activities or the importation and exportation of contraband and prohibited items without authorisation from the authorities.

The possession of contraband and prohibited items is an offence under Section 146 of the Excise Order 2006.

The RCED also urged companies to ensure that information provided to the Brunei Darussalam National Single Window (BDNSW) is correct and accurate.

To report smuggling activities or violation of customs regulations, contact 8714422 or 8721422, or visit the nearest customs office.

Informants’ identities will be kept strictly confidential.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin, July 20, 2021

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