The Customs Intelligence & Investigation (I&I) Quetta carried out a significant operation against smuggling on Thursday, confiscating 33 vehicles of Japanese origin, valued at 84.6 million rupees, of various kinds.
The operation was conducted based on reliable information obtained from Mr. Faiz Ahmad Chadhar, Director General, I&I, Islamabad. He instructed the Regional Directorate of Customs I&I, Quetta Nadeem Memon to prosecute the smugglers.
Cars were being smuggled into Pakistan from Iran via the rarely used routes. They were intercepted by a joint team of Customs I&I and FC North at Nokundi, a border town in Balochistan province, close to the border with Iran.
The press release also stated that additional legal proceedings have been started in relation to the case. The captured motor vehicles are Toyota Land Cruisers, Toyota Hilux Surf, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Vitz, Toyota Premio, Toyota Passo, Honda Civic, Honda Fit, Honda Vezel, Suzuki Alto, Suzuki Waggon R, and Daihatsu Mira.
In Quetta, the importation of smuggled goods and their confiscation are not new. Balochistan, a remote region in Pakistan, is renowned for the importation of auto parts and smuggled cars. Most of the non-customs paid cars are purportedly carried into Pakistan via the Chaman border near Quetta and driven to various locations from there.
The Manace of Smuggling: Global Impact
In addition to encouraging crime, smuggling undermines the nation’s local industry and results in tax evasion and lost government revenue. Smuggling is an international challenge that drains the world economy of $2.2 trillion annually, according to the World Economic Forum. Smuggling has negative social, moral, and economic effects that are more crippling to the economy.
Repersussions for Pakistan
In the case of Pakistan, smuggled goods have infiltrated various sectors of the country’s economy, amounting to $3.3 billion, as per a study conducted in 2020 in collaboration with economists from Harvard University and the Ministry of Commerce. The report found that an astounding 74% of cell phones sold in Pakistan were smuggled into the country; similarly, a substantial portion of textiles—300,000 tonnes, to be exact—were smuggled into cars, accounting for 53% of diesel, 43% of engine oil, 40% of tyres, and 16% of auto parts sold in the nation.