Officers from the Revenue and Customs intercepted goods that were smuggled into the country last week.

Physical inspection by Customs Officers in Lautoka discovered surplus and undeclared goods found in a container.

The goods were shipped from China and was consigned to a newly established family supermarket.

Preliminary findings indicate that overseas family members of the importer assisted in purchasing and packing the extra goods.

FRCS – CEO – Visvanath Das said that the total value of surplus and undeclared goods is just above $18,000 with applicable duty of $8,000 excluding applicable penalties for under-declarations which is up to three times the value of the goods. Items such as chocolates, supermarket shelves, tea towels, cables, plastic basin and bowels were some of the items that were not declared.

All these items attract fiscal duty of 32 percent.

Surplus goods are those goods which are declared lesser in quantity in comparison to the physical count, while undeclared goods are those which are not at all declared. Customs Law provides for seizure or detention of such goods at any time and are liable to forfeiture as well.

The company has been issued with a Customs Infringement Notice of $10,000 additional to the fraudulent evasion penalty.

Traders and importers are reminded that they must declare all the goods in their consignment and failure to do so now incurs fixed penalties of up to $25,000. Alternatively, FRCS may also prosecute offenders involved in fraudulent evasion of duties and taxes and those found guilty may face imprisonment to a maximum of ten years.

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