The Chattogram customs has found banned circuit breakers and high duty cosmetics in place of old power loom in a consignment in the Chattogram port.
Sohel Textile, a Narayanganj-based importer, declared to bring three containers of old power looms from South Korea but after checking the consignment at the Chattogram port, 30,850 kilograms of banned circuit breaker and high duty cosmetics were found. There were also curtains in the containers.
After being tipped off, the customs house authorities seized the containers and examined them in the presence of various agencies.
Rezaul Karim, assistant commissioner of the Audit Investigation and Research (AIR) unit of Chattogram Customs, told The Business Standard on Sunday that the Chattogram Custom House started confiscating the goods as they were imported without declaration and contained prohibited items.
Assistant Commissioner Karim said C&F agent Mallika Traders who were responsible for unloading the consignment on behalf of the importer submitted the bill of entry to the Custom House on 17 January for unloading 69,569 kilograms of second-hand capital machinery imported under the concessional facility of the National Board of Revenue.
"The imported goods posed a threat to the civilians as they are prohibited. We are now working to take necessary legal actions as per the customs laws and regulations for importing high duty goods," added Karim.
The Business Standard could not reach either the C&F agent or the importer for comment.