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DRI seizes red sanders worth Rs 1.1 cr

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Mumbai, foiled an attempt to smuggle 14,000kg of red sanders worth Rs1.1 crore to Dubai when it called the consignment from mid sea to Nhava Sheva port and seized the same.

mumbai Updated: Jun 18, 2011 01:39 IST
Manish Pachouly

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Mumbai, foiled an attempt to smuggle 14,000kg of red sanders worth Rs1.1 crore to Dubai when it called the consignment from mid sea to Nhava Sheva port and seized the same.

The 20-ft container was loaded in a ship heading to Dubai, at the Pipavav Port in Gujarat. The consignment was declared as PVC pipes.

The DRI officials got a tip-off about the smuggling attempt and the container was off loaded and opened at Nhava Sheva port. DRI officials said that the name and address of the exporter mentioned in the documents turned out to be fake. “We are trying to find the owner of the consignment,” said an official.

The Nhava Sheva Customs registered 18 cases and seized about 3 lakh kg of red sanders since 2010. “This is the reason the syndicates have moved to Gujarat ports and attempts are being made from there,” said a senior Customs official.

The red sanders come from the border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to Mumbai or Gujarat from where it is smuggled to Dubai. From Dubai it is further smuggled to China, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea.

Customs officials said that for documentation purposes, the syndicates declare the consignment as genuine goods and show it as factory stuffed, which means that the goods were loaded in the container at the godown under the supervision of central excise officials and sealed by them. Officials said that in the local illicit market, red sanders costs Rs800 per kg, whereas its price in the international market goes up to Rs3,500 per kg or more depending on the supply.