Tag: Customs

7 Young iPhone Smugglers Held at IGIA with 182 Devices

[New Delhi]7 Young iPhone Smugglers Held at IGIA with 182 iPhones This Model Is To Be Launched India on October 16
Eager to cash in on the craze for iphones, seven youths were detained at the Indira Gandhi International Airport with as many as 182 iPhone 6S + 6S Plus ahead of their India launch due this month.
These phones were seized recently from young people in their late 20s who had come from Hong Kong and Singapore on separate flights,
Acting on intelligence inputs, customs officials intercepted them and seized the iPhones.
as per Vinayak Azaad, Additional Commissioner, Customs,”All of them were carrying iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in their baggage.
Some of the youths were offered money to smuggle in the devices,
The US-based tech giant Apple will unveil its latest iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in India on October 16.
The company has not disclosed the price of its new products for the Indian market.
Apple had sold over 13 million units of these phones on the first three days of the launch on September 25.
The new iPhone models were available for sale on September 25 across the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Singapore.
Incidentally, the seizure has been effected from the sector, that comprises Hong Kong and Singapore, infamous for gold smuggling.

Duty-Free Shop keepers, At IGI Airport,Smuggling Gold?

[New Delhi] Duty-Free Shop keepers At IGI Airport Smuggling Gold
Smugglers are using the duty-free shop at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here to sneak gold into the country.
There has been an unprecedented five-time jump in cases of gold smuggling in 2014-15 over 2012-13 during which yellow metal worth Rs 1,120 crore was seized.
A total of 4,400 cases of gold smuggling have been registered in the country during 2014-15. About 4,480 kg (4.48 metric tonnes) of the precious metal valued at about Rs 1,120 crore were seized in these cases.
There were 870 cases of gold smuggling registered during 2012-13, five times less than those filed in 2014-15 fiscal.
About 400 kg of gold valued at about Rs 100 crore were seized in these cases.
In 2013-14, as many as 2,700 cases were registered which 2,760 kgs (2.76 metric tonnes) of gold, worth about Rs 690 crore was seized.
As per sources ,Many such issues were discussed during a recent meeting by officials of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) with representatives of airlines, immigration, Central Industrial Security Force, Customs and Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL),
The officials pointed out instances where passengers would hide gold in duty-free shop allegedly with the connivance of ground handling staff manning it. Later, the gold would be ferried out of the airport by one of the personnel working there.
There has also been a demand to regulate the use of mobile phones by ground handling staff and restrict their access within the airport to check gold smuggling,
The Customs authorities have also expressed concern over non-availability of a X-ray machine at the arrival area to exclusively scan hand baggages of passengers,
There have been some cases where people were hiding gold in hand baggages. In most of the cases they are caught, but the possibility of gold coming into the country in few instances without the payment of duty cannot be ruled out
The meeting was called after authorities found either an airline crew or workers of ground handling companies allegedly involved in 80 cases of gold smuggling reported in past three years.