Container containing 52,800 cans beer confiscated

BUTTERWORTH : At North Port, Port Klang in Selangor, a container containing 52,800 cans allegedly from China was confiscated. The containers were being sold as office furniture.

Roselan Ramli, director of Customs Penang, said that an enforcement team from Customs Penang raided the consignment on May 17, at around 10.30am after receiving information and following two weeks surveillance.

He said that the consignment was brought back to Penang, Malaysia, for further examination.

Roselan stated that the cans contained a total amount of 26,400 litres beer, valued at RM216.480. Unpaid duties amounted to RM785,411.

He claimed that the beer had been imported illegally, in violation of Item 3, Third schedule/Part 11 of the Customs (Prohibition of Imports Order 2023).

The initial investigation revealed that a shipping firm with a Port Klang branch and a Selangor sole owner handled the container.

He said yesterday that the perpetrators had declared the consignment to be office furniture on the Bill of Lading and Import Manifest.

Roselan, a reporter, said that the case is being investigated in accordance with Customs Act 1967 as well as Excise Act.

The investigation is being conducted under Sections 135, 135(1)e) and (g) of Act. These sections carry a maximum fine of RM50,000, and not more that 20 times the amount owed in Customs duties, or a prison term up to 3 years.

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