KLIA Customs seizes 999kg of shisha tobacco

SEPANG: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) seized 999 kilogrammes of shisha tobacco worth RM215,784 at the air cargo warehouse in the KLIA Free Trade Zone last Saturday.

Its Enforcement and Compliance deputy director, Abdull Wahid Sulong said the contraband tobacco, packed in 37 boxes involving unpaid duty of RM109,458.83, arrived at KLIA via Oman Air flight from Dubai.

“The initial investigation revealed that the tobacco had been declared as molasses and the (recipient’s) address being used in Klang was a fake one,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Abdull Wahid said the investigation also revealed that no permit was submitted by the importer to trade the item.

“This was the eighth seizure involving shisha tobacco this year, bringing the total amount seized to 9,000 kg so far, valued at RM500,000 and the unpaid tax at RM700,000,” he said.

The case is being investigated under Section 135(1)(a) of the Customs Act 1967. — Bernama

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