441 cartons of illegal, non-duty paid cigarettes seized

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) Inland Revenue Enforcement Network (IREN) conducted various operations against illicit, counterfeit, and non-duty paid cigarettes.

In a statement on Saturday, the FBR said that the IREN’s Directorate of I & I-IR Faisalabad Unit conducted a raid at Samanabad and discovered 201 cartons (2,000,000 cigarettes) of non-duty paid cigarettes.

The confiscated cigarettes of various local bands such as gold mark, cricket, grace, etc have been moved to the warehouse of the Directorate.

Similarly, the IREN Unit of Directorate of I& I-IR Karachi intercepted the vehicle and found 119 cartons (990920 sticks) of non-duty paid cigarettes.

The same has been detained on account of the non-production of valid documents. The value of federal excise duty and sales tax of confiscated cigarettes is around 6 million. Further investigation is underway.

A team of Directorate of I&I (IR) Hyderabad visited the godown of a Transport Company at Tando Mohammad Khan and found 121 cartons (1210000 sticks) of different brands of cigarettes stocked in the godown.

The person present there failed to produce any documentary evidence regarding payment of applicable duties and taxes in respect of these cartons.

Hence the stock of 121 cartons involving duty and taxes of Rs 2.634 million has been detained for further investigation.

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