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Customs seize 40,000kg of red sanders

 


Manish Pachouly, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, February 16, 2012

The Nhava Sheva Customs foiled an attempt to smuggle 40,000kg of red sanders in three containers.

Red sanders is rare wood protected under the Wildlife (Protection) Act. Valued around Rs 4 crore, the smugglers had declared the consignment as paperboard and shipped the same to Dubai evading the authorities.

Timely information led officials to recall the containers before they could reach the hands of syndicate members in Dubai. “The containers will arrive in the next few days,” a senior Customs official said. The smugglers had used a duplicate Central Excise department seal to avoid checking by Customs officials.

The official said the smugglers bring red sanders from the border of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka to the outskirts of Mumbai. The wood is then kept illegally in warehouses.


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