*directorate general of revenue intelligence: Customs can put tracking devices on ‘suspect’ goods – The Economic Times

Clipped from: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/customs-can-put-tracking-devices-on-suspect-goods/articleshow/92907326.cms

Synopsis

As per the CBIC notification, if a proper officer having a reasonable belief that a suspect consignment is being imported into or exported out of India in the form of the baggage or otherwise shall file a report in Form-I proposing to undertake controlled delivery of such consignment. The report has to be approved and authorised by a specified officer – principal additional director general or additional director general of Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI).

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has notified controlled delivery regulation, which allows customs officials to install tracking devices to monitor the movement of “suspect” consignments, as a measure to curb smuggling.

This will allow a customs officer at the ports to earmark both export and import consignments for controlled delivery on “reasonable belief” that it is “suspect” and can monitor the movement.

The new regulation has included gold and silver, narcotic drug and psychotropic substances, precious and semi-precious stones, liquor, currency, cigarettes and tobacco, wildlife products, and antiques in its list.

Tax officials said the move is a pre-emptive step to curb gold smuggling. The customs have already alerted officials to be more careful as they expect a rise in import duty may increase instances of gold smuggling.

As per the CBIC notification, if a proper officer having a reasonable belief that a suspect consignment is being imported into or exported out of India in the form of the baggage or otherwise shall file a report in Form-I proposing to undertake controlled delivery of such consignment.

The report has to be approved and authorised by a specified officer – principal additional director general or additional director general of Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (DGRI).

As per the notification, the customs officer must seek approval as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours after making the controlled delivery if the officer is unable to get it before doing so.

Upon receiving the approval of the specified authority to undertake controlled delivery, the proper officer may, “if required, affix any mark or install any special investigative tools, including devices for track-and-trace monitoring of the suspect consignment, during the course of controlled delivery operation”.

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