Focus State: Gujarat
The magnitude of the problem of counterfeiting, and smuggling is widespread which demands emphasis and priority of enforcement agencies. Capacity building is an ongoing exercise that plays an instrumental role in motivating and enabling the law enforcement agencies to understand the gravity of the problem and take requisite actions against the perpetrators.
There are adequate laws available but enforcement of the laws makes the role of police officers very important to fight against counterfeiting, and smuggling.
Therefore, to combat the socio-economic evils of illicit trade from the society, which are risky parasites to the economy and cause danger to the lives of individuals, FICCI CASCADE is organising a training program to sensitize the police officers of Gujarat on 20th May 2022.Lear More
Illicit trade in terms of counterfeiting and smuggling make up a vast ‘global businesses’, representing a multibillion-dollar illegal industry that creates a significant drain on the world economy. FICCI’s Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE) is organizing a series of virtual interactions with esteemed guests who have the knowledge and expertise on various topics pertaining to the subject of illicit trade.
Next in the series is an ‘In Conversation with Mr. Vivek Johri, Chairman, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs’ on 12th May 2022 at 11:00 am. The session will throw light on the smuggling scenario in India, enforcement of laws related to indirect taxes, steps taken to contain tax evasion and initiatives taken by CBIC to combat this menace.
Mr. P. C Jha, Former Chairman, CBIC and Advisor, FICCI CASCADE will be moderating the interaction with Mr. Johri.
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POLICEMEN have recovered P30,000 worth of smuggled cigarettes in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, a top police official said Wednesday, March 30.
Police Colonel Albert Larubis, Zamboanga Sibugay police director, said the cigarettes were recovered around 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Bliss village, Buug.
Larubis said the smuggled cigarettes were recovered following receipt of information that two motorcycle-riding persons dropped two sealed master cases of cigarettes with marking Cannon.
Larubis believes the two master cases of cigarettes were dropped in the area and were supposed to be picked up by another person for delivery to its buyer.
He said the smuggled cigarettes are now under the custody of Buug Municipal Police Station for proper disposition.Lear More
In a major operation against smugglers, Pakistan Customs (FBR), Quetta seized 11 containers stuffed with smuggled goods. In a well-coordinated and successful operation on Saturday and Sunday nights in two districts bordering Punjab, the anti-smuggling squads of Customs Enforcement Quetta seized eleven containers of smuggled goods.
These operations were personally supervised by the Collector Enforcement Quetta, assisted by LEAs. Four of these containers are fully loaded with fabric, three with new tyres and four with mixed goods including fabric, tyres, cigarettes, betel nuts, etc. CIF Value of the seized goods/ containers is assessed to be Rs.380 million, having market value of approximately Rs.475 million. FIR has been lodged against unknown persons and further investigation is under way.
It is pertinent to mention that Federal Board of Revenue is following a policy of zero tolerance against smuggling and thereby has increased its vigilance and surveillance of cargo movement across the border. Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has commended FBR for its successful anti-smuggling drive across Pakistan.Lear More
Aizawl: Special narcotics team (Crime Branch) of Mizoram police and Border Security Force (BSF) have seized Rs 11.35 lakh worth fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in Aizawl, a senior police officer said on Sunday.
Mizoram Deputy Inspected General of Police (CID) Lalhuliana Fanai said that the operation was carried out jointly with the BSF at Aizawl’s Dinthar locality based on specific information on Saturday.
Lalmuankimi, a 48-year-old woman from Mualpui Salem Veng neighbourhood in Aizawl, has been arrested for possessing the fake currency, he said.
He said that the seized fake Indian currency notes were in the denominations of Rs. 500 (1368 numbers/notes), Rs. 200 (1,507) and Rs. 100 (1,502).
The senior police said that further investigation into the case is on.
It is yet to ascertain where the fake Indian currency notes were smuggled from, another police officer said.Lear More
26th March 2022 | Amritsar
It is a well-known fact that the illicit trade in terms of counterfeiting and smuggling is a matter of great concern for nations across the globe. Over the years, FICCI CASCADE has been actively involved in creating awareness amongst the stakeholders against the alarming magnitude of illicit trade.
FICCI CASCADE organized an interactive session on the ‘Strategies to Combat Smuggling and Counterfeiting’ on 26 March 2022 in Amritsar to create awareness and sensitize all concerned about the hazardous impact of the smuggling and counterfeiting on the economy, health, security, employment etc. The session focused on issues such as the need for increased consumer awareness; strengthening of the enforcement regime; improvement in the regulatory mechanism; and enhanced stakeholder collaboration.
Highlighting the global menace of counterfeiting and smuggling, Justice Manmohan Sarin, Former Chief Justice Former Lokayukta, NCT of Delhi, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir & Judge, Hight Court of India said “The World Economic Forum, stated that illicit trade has resulted in an annual drain of US$ 2.2 trillion which was approx. 3 percent of the world GDP in 2020”.
While complimenting the enforcement officers of Punjab who have been relentlessly pursuing smugglers and counterfeiters, he said that their hands-on approach had led to large number of seizures in the state, of fake and smuggled consumer goods, alcohol, food products, gold, cigarettes, fertilizers and others.
Mr. Rahul Nangare, Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), Amritsar, in his address, accentuated that 32 kgs of gold from Afghanistan, 584 kgs of heroin from Pakistan and 483 kgs of cannabis were recently seized by enforcement authorities. Talking about the menace of smuggling, he underscored the importance of inter-agency coordination, international collaborations, capacity building of officers and the need for modern Customs examination machinery, which were imperative for creating a balance between enforcement and trade facilitation.
Mr. Sanjay Gaur, Deputy Inspector General, Border Security Force, Punjab highlighted the challenges faced by BSF officers, such as difficult terrains, extreme climate and porous borders, in their day-to-day operations in managing the country’s security. “Items such as heroin, arms and ammunition, Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN), gold, silver, tobacco are the most smuggled items across borders”, he added.
Ms. Kameswari Subramanian, International Expert, Customs Law, Procedures & Trade facilitation and Think Tank Member, FICCI CASCADE, while delivering the concluding remarks, shed light on the strategies required to combat smuggling and counterfeiting activities which were posing a serious threat to the economy.
The interactive session was also addressed by several eminent members including Dr. Debi Prasad Dash, Former Principal Director General, DRI and Chairman, Enforcement Committee, World Customs Organisation, Mr. Hem Kumar Pande, Former Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Mr. Sanjeev Tripathi, Former Chief Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Mr. Narendra Sabharwal, Former Deputy Director General, WIPO & Chairman, FICCI IPR Committee, Mr. P K Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law & Justice, Dr. Guriqbal Singh Jaiya, Former Director, SME Division, WIPO and Mr. Deep Chand, Advisor, Former Special Commissioner of Delhi Police & Advisor, FICCI CASCADE.Lear More
KOLHAPUR: The flying squad of the state excise department’s Kolhapur division on Friday noon conducted a major operation at Morewadi in Kolhapur and have taken a person into custody for stockpiling Goa-made alcohol.
A truck used for transporting the alcohol worth about Rs 25 lakh has been seized.
State excise superintendent Ravindra Awale and deputy superintendent Rajaram Khot had ordered action against illegal stocking of liquor on the backdrop of Holi.
Sambhaji Barge, inspector, state excise department, said, “The flying squad had received information that Goa-made liquor was being stockpiled illegally at Morewadi. The team raided a house in Morewadi and found Goa-made liquor stored in a room and a truck parked next to the building. One of the suspects has been taken into custody.”
A case been registered under Maharashtra Liquor Prohibition Act, 1949.Lear More
Police have seized about 70 million baht worth of fake cosmetic products bearing the names of 18 brands during a raid on a house in Bangkok’s Suan Luang district.
As many as five people, including a Vietnamese national believed to be the ringleader, are still being sought in connection with the offences.
The seizure was made on March 14 but only announced on Friday at a briefing held by the Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
A combined team of police and FDA officials, armed with a search warrant issued by the Phra Khanong criminal court, searched a rented house in Suan Luang district after an investigation revealed that it was used to store counterfeit cosmetic products.
Pol Col Thanakorn Lerdporncharoen, deputy head of the CPPD, said the FDA had received many complaints from customers that they had purchased cosmetic products of well-known brands online, only to find after using them that they were fake and substandard.Lear More
An Auckland man hid more than four million undeclared cigarettes in Gib board pallets. Robby Ng was arrested back in 2020 after customs officers intercepted two shipments of building material.
On Friday, Judge Kevin Glubb sentenced Ng to 11 months’ home detention for defrauding Customs revenue in the “sophisticated” scheme.
Ng and his company arranged the import of undeclared cigarettes concealed in hollowed-out Gib pallets, the court heard.
Customs officers managed to intercept two of the shipments, where they found more than two million cigarettes in each of the pallets.
When officers conducted a search warrant at an Avondale property, they found stacked up Gib board pallets with what they believed to be spaces where cigarettes could be hidden.Lear More
Illicit trade in terms of counterfeiting and smuggling make up a vast ‘global businesses’, representing a multibillion-dollar illegal industry that creates a significant drain on the world economy. FICCI’s Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy (CASCADE) on March 9, 2022 organized an ‘In Conversation with Prof. Bejon Kumar Misra, Founder, Consumer Online Foundation’ to discuss the role of consumers and consumer protection organizations in dealing with illicit products, importance of Consumer Protection Act in safeguarding consumers and initiatives that can be taken to contain the menace of counterfeiting and smuggling.
“A strong consumer movement in an institutionalised manner with leadership from the government is the need of the hour to fight the menace of counterfeiting and smuggling” said Prof. Bejon Kumar Misra, Founder, Consumer Online Foundation. He further added that to fight the growing menace of illicit trade, consumers must be able to report immediately if they find a difference in the specified quality of the product. A platform must be created for the consumers where they can share their experiences of encountering a smuggled, fake, defective, or counterfeit product. He emphasized on the need to address the issue at the grassroot level & take immediate action against illicit traders.
Emphasizing on the role of consumers in the fight against illicit trade practices, Mr. Anil Rajput, Chairman, FICCI CASCADE said, “Consumers can encourage change through their choices and behaviour. By highlighting some of the key harms attached to counterfeit and smuggled goods, they can play an important role in raising awareness on just how risky purchasing these items can be both to themselves and to the wider community.”
“I strongly believe that apart from a policy framework that disincentivises such illicit activities along with aggressive enforcement against the criminals of this trade, sustained awareness campaigns for people and understanding demand behaviour are critical in this fight”, he added.
Mr. Hem Kumar Pande, Former Secretary, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Think Tank Member, FICCI CASCADE while moderating the session said “it is not only the responsibility of the consumers to be aware of the growing illicit trade. But it’s time to go beyond & spread awareness amongst sellers about the adverse impacts of smuggled & counterfeit products”. Mr. Pande said challenge is to unite consumers and voluntary consumer organisations can play an important role in bring them together.
FICCI CASCADE has been over the years working closely with government, industry, enforcement officials, legal fraternity, consumer organizations and the youth to create awareness on the adverse impact of counterfeiting and smuggling. FICCI CASCADE, in pursuance of its agenda, has been organizing series of multi-stakeholder dialogues to tackle this adversary and spread awareness about the socio-economic impact of counterfeiting and smuggling.
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