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March 5, 2021
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Customs Confiscate Illegal Goods

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Over K500,000 worth of illegal cigarettes and spirits were confiscated by PNG Customs.

This comes after Customs officers sighted employees of a company in Port Moresby offloading cartons of cigarettes and spirits from a 20 foot container at their premises.

The impounded goods will be destroyed through public tender or disposed of appropriately.

The illegal goods were confiscated last Friday after a warrant was obtained to search the premises.

Over 1,000 cartons of spirits, and 55 cartons of Malborro cigarettes were obtained.

The matter has been reported to police and investigations are continuing.

With the increase in the smuggling of illegal goods past our land and sea borders, Customs is looking at introducing a Container Examination Facility at Motukea, just outside of Port Moresby.

The facility will be used to conduct thorough inspections of all imported goods before they are accepted onto the local market.

At the moment, Customs rely on verification that importers provide on the type of goods or products they wish to import.

There are plans to set up new border posts within the country to track down and minimise the transportation of illegal goods to other provinces.

Customs Commissioner, Ron Paul, has also urged the public to report any illegal smuggling of goods into the country.

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