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Cigarettes imported behind dates to escape 7.11C revenue

Strict legal actions will be taken against importer Suchona International for trying to evade revenue, says an official

Update : 26 Apr 2022, 11:10 AM

Chittagong Customs in a recent investigation found out that a company has tried to evade Tk7.11 crore revenue by importing cigarettes behind dates from Dubai.

The consignment had 5,552,400 sticks of Mound cigarettes worth Tk1.19 crore, said Md Sharfuddin Mia, deputy commissioner of Chittagong Customs House.

He said that the information was revealed on Sunday during a physical examination at Ispahani Summit Alliance Terminals Limited at Sagarika.

According to customs, a 40-foot container supposed to be filled with dates was shipped on December 27, last year from Jebel Ali Port in Dubai and it reached Chittagong Port on December 30.

The consignment was imported by Suchona International owned by Jahangir Alam from Boktopur in Fatikchhari Upazila in Chittagong.

After the importer did not submit a bill of entry for four months and the container was lying at the yard, officials conducted a physical test Sunday which revealed the irregularity.

Among the 2,772 cartons in the container, some 1,983 had cigarettes which were hidden behind 789 cartons of dates.

Md Sharfuddin Mia said: "In fear of detective surveillance, the importer could not release the consignment of cigarettes from the port. Strict legal actions will be taken against importer Suchona International for trying to evade revenue."

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