► 14.09.2019 – DRI seized 3 Kgs of Hashish at Bangalore Airport.
► 16.09.2019 – DRI seized High Quality Indian Fake Currency Notes having face value of Rs. 1.99 Lakhs at Malda.
► 16.09.2019 – DRI seized 20 MTs of Red Sanders valued at Rs. 9 Crores at Dhar – Madhya Pradesh.
► 15.09.2019 – DRI seized 25.70 Lakh Cigarettes sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 4.14 Crores in Guwahati.
► 06.09.2019 – DRI seized 3.064 Kgs of Gold valued at Rs. 1.18 Crores at Trichy Airport.
► 05.09.2019 – DRI seized 1029 Kg of Ganja at Mirzapur – UP.
► 04.09.2019 – DRI seized 3.366 Kgs of Gold valued at Rs 1.31 Crore Trichy International Airport.
► 03.09.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency value equivalent to Rs. 2.32 Crore at IGI Airport.
► 02.09.2019 – DRI seized 988.820 Kgs. of Ganja valued at Rs. 1.56 Crore near Berhampur – Odisha.
► 30.08.2019 – DRI seized 8.190 MTs of Red Sanders valued At Rs. 3.27 Crore near Melur toll Plaza Madurai.
► 29.08.2019 – DRI seized 1126.65 Kgs of Ganja valued at Rs. 2.32 Crore Gobardhan Area Chaygaon Kamrup – Assam.
► 29.08.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency value equivalent to Rs. 1.42 Crores near Karol Bagh – Delhi.
► 29.08.2019 – DRI seized 6.34 Kgs of Gold valued at Rs. 2.53 Crore in Kolkata.
► 28.08.2019 – DRI seized 1982 Kgs of Black Pepper of foreign origin valued at Rs. 9.91 Lakh at Forbisganj – Bihar.
► 28.08.2019 – DRI seized 2.887 Kgs of Gold valued at Rs. 1.15 Crore at CCSI Airport Lucknow.
► 27.08.2019 – DRI seized 8 Kgs of Gold valued at Rs. 3.29 Crore at Vidyasagar Setu in Kolkata.
► 27.08.2019 – DRI seized 4.49 Lakhs US Dollar equivalent to Rs. 3.25 Crore at IGI Airport New Delhi.
► 24.08.2019 – DRI seized 5 Kgs of Gold valued at Rs. 1.90 Crore at Mumbai Airport.
► 19.08.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency amounting to Rs. 1.49 Crore at Hyderabad Airport.
► 19.08.2019 – DRI seized 9.960 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 3.87 Crore near Siliguri.
► 16.08.2019 – DRI seized 821.936 Kgs. of Cannabis valued at Rs. 1.23 Crores at Patur – District Akola– Maharashtra.
► 14.08.2019 – DRI seized 796 Grams of Cocain valued at Rs. 4.77 Crores smuggled from Brazil.
► 08.08.2019 – DRI seized 15 MTs. of Red Sanders logs valued at Rs. 6 Crore at Chennai Port Terminal
► 06.08.2019 – DRI seized 1155.35 Kg. of Ganja valued at Rs. 2.31 Crore at Nengkrem Village – Shillong.
► 04.08.2019 – DRI seized 128.15 Kg. of Ganja valued at Rs. 12.81 Lakh at Khanapara – Guwahati.
► 03.08.2019 – DRI seized 21 Lakhs stick of foreign origin Cigarette valued at Rs. 2.56 Crores Umling – Meghalaya.
► 02.08.2019 – DRI seized 7.2 Kg. of Heroin at Kupwara – Tangdhar – Jammu and Kashmir.
► 02.08.2019 – DRI seized 11.46 MTs of Red Sanders Logs valued at Approx Rs. 5 Crores at Tiruppur - Tamil Nadu.
► 31.07.2019 – DRI seized 1083 Kgs. of Ganja in Lucknow.
► 30.07.2019 – DRI seized 500 numbers of Indian Star Tortoises valued at Rs. 2.50 Lakhs concealed inside two trolley bags at Vijayawada Railway Station.
► 29.07.2019 – DRI seized 2.18 MTs of Red Sanders Logs valued at Rs. 1 Crore at Air Cargo Chennai.
► 29.07.2019 – DRI seized 4.774 Kgs. of Elephant Tusks 31 Ivory Articles and 5 Tiger Teeth totally valued at Rs. 1.14 Crores in Kolkata.
► 27.07.2019 – DRI seized 10.61 Kgs. of Crystal Methamphetamine valued at Rs. 6 Crores in Chennai.
► 25.07.2019 – DRI seize 6.58 Kg. of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 2.33 Crore in Kolkata.
► 24.07.2019 – DRI seized 1.530 Kg of Hashish at Chennai Airport.
► 22.07.2019 – DRI seized 1003.86 Kg. of Ganja valued at Rs. 1.51 Crore in Rewa – M.P.
► 22.07.2019 – DRI seized 1627600 sticks of foreign origin Cigarettes valued at Rs. 1.62 Crore in Siliguri Kolkata and Guwahati.
► 21.07.2019 – DRI seized 581400 sticks of Cigarettes of foreign origin valued at Rs. 86 Lakhs at Imphal International Airport.
► 20.07.2019 – DRI seized 5 Kg. of Gold valued at Rs. 1.75 Crore at Courier Terminal Delhi.
► 17.07.2019 – DRI seized 1.5 Million sticks of Cigarettes valued at Rs. 1.8 Crores at IGI Airport New Delhi.
► 16.07.2019 – DRI seized 13580 numbers of Mobile Batteries of various brand valued at approximately Rs. 78 Lakhs at BT Road Imphal.
► 12.07.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 1.43 Crore and Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 38 Lakh in Lucknow.
► 12.07.2019 – DRI seized 2.975 Kg. of Gold valued at Rs. 1.02 Crore at Trivandrum International Airport.
► 12.07.2019 – DRI seized 35 Kg. of Hashish in Lucknow.
► 07.07.2019 – DRI recovered 26 Exotic Birds valued at Rs. 30 Lakh smuggled from Myanmar.
► 02.07.2019 – DRI seized 6.46 Kg. of smuggled Gold valued at Rs. 2.17 Crore at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport – Shamshabad - Hyderabad.
► 27.06.2019 – DRI seized 12.22 Lakh stick of smuggled foreign origin Cigarettes valued at Rs. 1.83 Crore near Basti Toll – District Basti - UP
► 22.06.2019 – DRI seized 20.48 Lakh sticks of foreign origin smuggled cigarettes valued at Rs. 3.07 Crores in Lucknow.
► 21.06.2019 – DRI seized 18 Kgs. of foreign marked Gold Bars valued at Rs. 6.11 Crores at IGI Airport New Delhi.
► 20.06.2019 – DRI seized 1.52 Lakh Euros having market value equivalent to Rs.1.28 Crores at IGI Airport New Delhi.
► 20.06.2019 – Acting upon the intelligence developed by DRI in coordination with BSF-G DRI seized 4.969 Kgs. of Heroin valued at Approx. Rs. 25 Crores concealed in border fencing area near Suchetgarh Border Observation Post – Jammu and Kashmir.
► 19.06.2019 – DRI seized 44 MTs. of Dried Peas 5.500 MTs. of Black Pepper of foreign origin valued at Rs. 53.90 Lakhs in Siliguri
► 17.06.2019 – DRI seized 33.15 Kgs. of Nepali Charas from secret cavity of roof top of toilet of Satyagrah Express train at Pipraich Railway Station.
► 16.06.2019 – DRI seized 56 MTs. of Black Pepper of foreign origin valued at Rs. 3.92 Crores in Howrah – Kolkata.
► 14.06.2019 – DRI seized 32.287 Kgs. of foreign marked Gold Bars valued at Rs. 10.56 Crores at Mumbai Airport.
► 14.06.2019 – DRI seized 944.70 Kgs. of Cannabis valued at Rs. 1.88 Crores near Hyderabad.
► 14.06.2019 – DRI seized 500 Grams of Gold 16.3 Kgs. of Saffron iPhones iPods Laptops etc. totally valued at Rs. 1.94 Crores at Trichy International Airport.
► 14.06.2019 – DRI seized 6 Kgs of foreign origin Gold valued at Rs. 2.01 Crores in Kolkata.
► 13.06.2019 – DRI seized 8.20 Lakhs Cigarette Sticks valued at Rs. 91 Lakhs at Mantripukhri - Imphal.
► 11.06.2019 – DRI seized assorted Foreign Currencies amounting equivalent to Rs. 18.94 Lakhs at LBS Airport Varanasi.
► 10.06.2019 – DRI recovered 834 Star Tortoises in Kolkata.
► 09.06.2019 – DRI seized 6 73 120 sticks of foreign origin Cigarettes valued at Rs. 1.01 Crores in Mumbai.
► 09.06.2019 – DRI seized 8 Kgs. of Gold of foreign origin at Dankuni toll plaza West Bengal.
► 08.06.2019 – DRI seized 683.850 Kgs. of Ganja in Patna.
► 08.06.2019 – DRI seized 23.154 Kg of Gold valued at Rs. 7.82 Crore in Chennai.
► 07.06.2019 – DRI seized 3.30 Kg of gold value at Rs. 1.10 Crore at Kanpur International Airport.
► 31.05.2019 – DRI seized 3.318 Kgs. of Gold biscuits of foreign origin at Bongyang – Moreh – Imphal.
► 28.05.2019 – DRI seized 11.1 Kgs. of foreign marked Gold valued at Rs. 3.64 Crores and Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 1.51 Crores at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad.
► 27.05.2019 – DRI seized 6.390 MTs. of Red Sanders Logs valued at Rs. 2.8 Crores at Kattupalli Port – Chennai.
► 25.05.2019 – DRI recovered Foreign Currency having market valued equivalent to Rs. 34.45 Lakhs at IGI Airport New Delhi.
► 25.05.2019 – DRI seized 464.050 Kgs of Marijuana – Ganja valued at Rs. 92.81 Lakhs at NH6- Distt. Ribhoi - Meghalaya.
► 24.05.2019 – DRI seized 4.8 Kgs. of Gold at Basirhat area near Indo-Bangladesh border.
► 24.05.2019 – DRI seized 1137.30 Kgs. of Ganja valued at Rs. 2.27 Crores at Vijayawada.
► 22.05.2019 – DRI seized 12.86 Kgs of smuggled Gold at Itinda Ghat in Basirhat area West Bengal near the Indo-Bangladesh border.
► 22.05.2019 – DRI seized 1.470 MTs. of Cannabis - Ganja - valued at 2.20 Crores near Butibori- Nagpur.
► 21.05.2019 – DRI seized 822.74 Kgs. of Silver Jewellery valued at Rs. 3.35 Crores at Nhava Sheva imported by mis-declaring as consumer items.
► 21.05.2019 – DRI seized 5.462 Kgs. of crude Gold valued at Rs. 1.73 at Tiruchirappalli International Airport.
► 19.05.2019 – DRI seized 835.48 Kgs. of Cannabis – Ganja - valued at Rs. 1.25 Crores near Pimpalgaon Khadki - Pune – Maharashtra.
► 18.05.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currencies equivalent to Rs. 1.91 Crores at IGI Airport New Delhi.
► 17.05.2019 – DRI seized 3.286 Kg. of Gold at Cochin International Airport.
► 11.05.2019 – DRI seized 4.6 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 1.5 Crores in Delhi.
► 13.05.2019 – DRI seized 25 Kgs. of Gold travelling from Dubai via Muscat by Oman Airlines at Trivandrum Airport.
► 13.05.2019 – DRI seized 24.150 Kgs. of Gold Bars valued at Rs. 8 Crores from possession of six persons travelling by bus from Imphal to Siliguri.
► 13.05.2019 – DRI seized 15.340 Kgs. of Amphetamine valued at Rs. 15 Crores in Navi Mumbai.
► 10.05.2019 – DRI seized 650.74 Kgs. of Cannabis in Lucknow.
► 8-9.05.2019 – DRI seized 520.64 Kgs. of Silver Jewellery totally valued at Rs. 2.08 Crores from the consignment declared as Consumer Items in Mumbai.
► 08.05.2019 – DRI seized 7.968 Kgs. of smuggled Gold valued at 2.61 Crores at Egmore Railway Station – Chennai.
► 07.05.2019 – DRI seized 352 Shells of an endangered marine mollusc species known as Green Turban totally valued at Rs. 10.56 Lakhs at Chennai Airport. The species is listed in Schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
► 05.05.2019 – DRI seized 276 Kgs. of Cannabis valued at Rs. 41.40 Lakhs at Raipur.
► 04.05.2019 – DRI seized 134 Exotic Birds /Animals valued at Rs. 28 Lakhs in Indore.
► 03.05.2019 – DRI seized 555.88 Kgs. of Cannabis in Lucknow.
► 02.05.2019 – DRI seized 30.82 Lakhs sticks foreign origin Cigarettes valued at Rs. 4.62 Crores in Chennai.
► 01.05.2019 – DRI seized 323.98 Kgs. of Cannabis at Mohanlalganj – Lucknow.
► 29.04.2019 – DRI seized 7 MTs. of Red Sanders logs at Chennai port.
► 27.04.2019 – DRI seized 5.150 MTs. of Black Pepper of foreign origin valued at Rs. 25.75 Lakhs in Motihari – Bihar.
► 24.04.2019 – DRI seized 24 Lakhs Cigarette Sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 3 Crores in Chandni Chowk – Delhi.
► 23.04.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 18.22 Lakhs at LBS Airport Babatpur- Varanasi.
► 18.04.2019 – DRI seized 2 Lakhs US Dollar equivalent to Rs. 1.4 Crores and 2.5 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 83 Lakhs at Bangalore Airport.
► 17.04.2019 – DRI seized 14.38 Lakhs Cigarette Sticks valued at Rs. 2.13 Crores in Kolkata.
► 17.04.2019 – DRI seized 1.121 MTs. of Cannabis valued at Rs. 1.68 Crores near Panthangi Toll Plaza - Vijayawada – Hyderabad National Highway.
► 15.04.2019 – DRI seized 8.939 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 2.92 Crores assorted Foreign Currencies equivalent to Rs. 32.88 Lakhs in New Delhi.
► 15.04.2019 – DRI seized 75 Lakhs Cigarette Sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 80 Lakhs in Imphal.
► 11.04.2019 – DRI seized 5.6 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 1.82 Crores in Trivandrum.
► 04.04.2019 – DRI seized 9 Lakhs Amphetamine-Methamphetamine –WY- tablets totally valued at Rs. 27 Crores at Khudengthabi - Manipur
► 03-04.04.2019 – DRI seized 19Kgs. of foreign marked Gold from the containers of heavy metal scrap at Nhava Sheva port – Maharashtra.
► 03.04.2019 – DRI seized 1.473 MTs. of Red Sanders valued at Rs. 81.02 Lakhs near Silchar.
► 03.04.2019 – DRI seized a total of 119600 sticks of Cigarettes – 109600 sticks of Win Brand and 10000 sticks of Dunhill Brand- from Guwahati Dadar Express at Patna Junction Station – Patna.
► 31.03.2019 – DRI seized 3.35 Kgs. of smuggled Gold in the follow up action of earlier seizure in Mumbai.
► 29.03.2019 – DRI seized 106.9 Kgs. of smuggled Gold and Cash 1.81 Crores in Mumbai.
► 28.03.2019 – DRI seized 4.077 Kgs. of smuggled Gold valued at Rs. 1.31 Crores at Cochin Airport.
► 26.03.2019 – DRI seized 3.32 Kgs. of smuggled Gold in Kolkata.
► 25.03.2019 – DRI seized 453 Kgs. of Cannabis at Siliguri.
► 25.03.2019 – DRI seized Assorted Foreign Currencies equivalent to Rs. 37 Lakhs at Chennai Airport.
► 24.03.2019 – DRI seized Assorted Foreign Currencies equivalent to Rs. 71 Lakhs at IGI Airport New Delhi.
► 19.03.2019 – DRI seized 321 Nos. of live Star Tortoises at Chennai Central Railway Station.
► Shri Debi Prasad Dash - Pr. DGRI has been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the Enforcement Committee of World Customs Organization. He is the first Indian Customs officer to be elected to this prestigious position. Earlier he was Vice-Chair for last two years.
► 14.03.2019 – DRI seized 54.94 Lakhs Cigarette Sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 8.24 Crores in Moradabad and Delhi.
► 13.03.2019 – DRI recovered Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 2.18 Crores 6.82 Kgs. of foreign marked Gold Bars 5.59 Kgs. of Gold Jewellery and INR 42.50 Lakhs in Delhi.
► 13.03.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 1.04 Crores at Rupaidiha – U.P.
► 12.03.2019 – DRI recovered several articles made of Elephant Tusk ivory totally valued at Rs. 42.21 Lakhs at Jiaganj District Murshidabad – West Bengal.
► 12.03.2019 – DRI seized 10.8 MTs of Red Sanders logs valued at Rs. 4.85 Crores in Chennai.
► 11.03.2019 – DRI seized 6.790 MTs of Red Sanders valued at Rs. 3.40 Crores in Kolkata.
► 12.03.2019 – DRI seized 350 Kgs of Ganja at Varanasi.
► 11.03.2019 – DRI seized 3.144 Kgs of Elephant Tusks in Kolkata.
► 08.03.2019 – DRI seized 2.680 MTs of Red Sanders valued at Rs. 1.34 Crores at Panvel District Raigad – Maharashtra.
► 06.03.2019 – DRI seized 2.987 Kgs. of crude Gold Bars at Nagpur Airport.
► 03.03.2019 – DRI seized 3.145 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 1.04 Crores at Calicut Airport.
► 03.03.2019 – DRI seized 39.156 MTs. of Beter Nuts of foreign origin valued at Rs. 1.08 Crores at Champhai – Mizoram.
► 01.03.2019 – DRI seized 2.998 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 1.01 Crores at Cochin Airport.
► 28.02.2019 – DRI seized 621.300 Kgs. of Ganja valued at Rs. 93.19 Lakhs at Siddipet – Telangana.
► 27.02.2019 – DRI seized 357 Kgs. of Ganja at Orai – U.P.
► 26.02.2019 – DRI seized 3.029 Kgs. of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 1.04 Crores at Chennai Airport.
► 24.02.2019 – DRI seized 219600 Cigarettes sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs 32.94 Lakhs at Patliputra Railway Station – Birar.
► 22.02.2019 – DRI seized 1813 Kgs. of Cannabis Ganja valued at Rs. 2.75 Crores near Visakhapatnam.
► 21.02.2019 – DRI seized 17.9 Kgs. of smuggled Gold other smuggled goods including Apple watches iPhones USB storage chips solid state drive camera lenses and cigarettes of foreign origin valued at Rs. 1.1 Crores Indian Currency Rs. 18 lakhs and Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 15 Lakhs in Chennai.
► 19.02.2019 – DRI seized 6.643 Kgs of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 2.33 Cr. in Silchar – Assam
► 18.02.2019 – DRI seized 5.72 Kgs of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 1.97 Crores at Chennai Airport.
► 17.02.2019 – DRI seized 628 Kgs of Ganja in Lucknow – U.P.
► 14.02.2019 – DRI seized 5.66 Kgs of Gold valued at Rs. 1.86 Crores at Kanpur International Airport.
► 14.02.2019 – DRI seized 5.00 Kgs of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 1.67 Crores at Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya – U.P.
► 09.02.2019 – DRI busted illicit drug manufacturing lab and seized 2.300 Kgs. of Mephedrone alongwith raw material in Bahadurgarh – Haryana.
► 09.02.2019 – DRI seized 8.963 Kgs. of Gold valued at Rs. 3.05 Crores in Guwahati.
► 08.02.2019 – DRI seized 865 Kgs. of Cannabis near Visakhapatnam.
► 08.02.2019 – DRI seized 1.62 Lakhs Cigarette sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 24.36 Lakhs at Muzaffarpur Railway Station – Bihar.
► 05.02.2019 – DRI seized 96.60 Lakhs Cigarettes sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 16.84 Crores in Navi Mumbai.
► 05.02.2019 – DRI seized 19.90 Kgs. of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 6.73 Cores in Kolkata.
► 01.02.2019 – DRI seized 120 Kgs of Silver Jewellery valued at Rs. 52 Lakhs and 6 MTs. of Chatton at Chennai port.
► 01.02.2019 – DRI seized 3.44 Lakhs Cigarettes Sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 53.60 Lakhs.
► 01.02.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 72.56 Lakhs in Imphal.
► 30.01.2019 – DRI seized 380 Kgs of Ganja /Cannabis in Muzaffarpur- Bihar.
► 29.01.2019 – DRI seized 3.984 Kgs. of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs.1.36 Crores at Chennai Airport.
► 25.01.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 1.36 Crores in Goa.
► 26.01.2019 – DRI seized 250.100 Kgs. of Ganja Cannabis at Sawkala Toll Plaza Gaya Bihar.
► 17.01.2019 – DRI seized 210 Kgs of Charas / Hasish at Raxaul LCS.
► 17.01.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency amounting to USD 83500 at Mumbai Airport.
► 17.01.2019 – DRI seized Foreign Currency equivalent to Rs. 40 Lakhs at Kochi Airport.
► 15.01.2019 – DRI seized 20.622 Kgs. of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 6.89 Crores in Chennai.
► 15-16.01.2019 – DRI seized 3.5 MTs. of Red Sander wood valued at Rs. 1.40 Crore in Manesar – Gurugram.
► 13.01.2019 – DRI seized 1.44 lakhs tablets of Amphetamine /Methamphetamine and 710 grams of Brown Sugar totally valued at approximately Rs. 5 Crore at Khudengthabi – Manipur.
► 11.01.2019 – DRI seized 14.465 MTs of Red Sanders valued at Rs. 6.5 Crores at ICD Kanakpura- Jaipur.
► 10.01.2019 – DRI seized 13.38 MTs of Red Sanders logs valued at Rs. 6 Crores at Kattupalli port – Chennai.
► 09.01.2019 – DRI seized 240000 Cigarettes sticks of foreign origin valued at Rs. 36.00 Lakhs at Patliputra Railway Station.
► 07.01.2019 – DRI seized 11.664 Kgs. of Gold of foreign origin valued at Rs. 3.77 Crore at Majhdia Railway Station near Indo Bangladesh border.
► 04.01.2019 – DRI seized 3.314 Kg. of Gold valued at Rs. 1.09 Crore at Visakhapatnam Railway Station.
► 04.01.2019 – DRI seized 26.440 MTs. of Red Sanders logs valued at Rs. 11.90 Crore at Kattupalli port - Chennai.
► 02.01.2019 – DRI seized 16.962 Kgs. Of Elephant Tusk in Gorakhpur Uttar Pradesh.
►What We Do
The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), under the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, is the apex agency of the Indian Customs in the field of anti-smuggling in India. DRI enforces the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962 and over fifty other allied Acts including the Arms Act, NDPS Act, COFEPOSA, Wildlife Act, Antiquities Act etc. DRI undertakes collection, collation, analysis and dissemination of intelligence relating to smuggling, carries out investigations, adjudication of cases and prosecution of the arrested persons. Ever since its inception in 1957, DRI has discharged its responsibilities with commitment and professionalism and has made a significant contribution in safeguarding India's interest, at home and abroad and in ensuring national security.
Smuggling is the secret movement of goods across national borders to avoid Customs Duties or import or export restrictions. It typically occurs when either the customs duties are high enough to allow a smuggler to make a large profit on the clandestine goods or when there is a strong demand for prohibited goods, such as narcotics or weapons.
In recent times following trends have been observed:
It remains to be a concern as a major item of smuggling. Intelligence indicates that large amount of gold is being smuggled from Myanmar, Nepal and Bangladesh border to India through the bordering areas of North-Eastern states. The smuggled gold is being carried to major cities mostly either by concealment in their luggage/person. It has also been noticed that passengers sometimes operate in groups and travel from small cities to metro cities by bus/train in order to avoid detection. Gold is smuggled in the country by way of concealment in various equipments made up of heavy metals or by covering/plating with other metals to avoid detection. Flights coming from Gulf and South-East Asian countries destined for metro citites like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru etc. still continued to be vulnerable.
The smuggling of Narcotics is also one of the major area of concern. Intelligence reports indicated that Ketamine, Mephedrone and Ephedrine continued to be lucrative items for smuggling. Recently, DRI had unearthed a number of cases wherein operators are using defunct medical factories in areas around Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh etc. to manufacture Narcotic drugs. Large scale illegal exports of drugs and psychotropic substances to Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, UK and Europe are also taking place through courier parcels.
Recent seizure of Foreign Currency at New Delhi, Chennai, Calicut and Mangalore airports also suggested that the same is being smuggled in/out of India through carriers. Intelligence suggests that Arms and Ammunition are being smuggled in disassembled form through foreign post offices. Intelligence also suggested that Electronic goods like I-pads, I-phone, tablets, memory cards etc. continue to be smuggled through courier and post parcel modes.
Trade Based Money Laundering
DRI is alert to the possibility of trade based money laundering (TBML) being resorted to by certain elements. Financial Action Task Force describes TBML as the process of disguising the proceeds of crime and moving value through the use of trade transactions in an attempt to legitimize their illicit origins. In simpler terms, TBML is the process of transferring / moving money through trade transactions. In practice, this can be achieved through the misrepresentation of the price, quantity or quality of imports or exports. The basic techniques of trade-based money laundering includes Over and Under-Invoicing of Goods and Services, Multiple Invoicing of Goods and Services, Over and Under-Shipments of Goods and Services, Falsely Described Goods and Services.
Mis-declaration is resorted to in description, country of origin, end-use, etc., with the intent to avoid payment of Customs duties including CVD, Anti Dumping duty, etc. and also to circumvent non-tariff barriers.
Undervaluation is primarily effected by way of presenting forged or false documents to the Customs authorities, showing and supporting suppressed values. Another modus is by way of non-inclusion of allied cost components in the assessable value by making partially correct declarations at the time of filing bills of entry. Several cases involving undervaluation of items like Plants and Machinery, Consumer goods, Computer Parts and Accessories, Motor vehicle parts and accessories and Artificial Leather cloth, have been detected.
Misuse of End Use and Other Notifications:
Exemption Notifications are used as a tool by the Policy makers to provide relief or boost to specific sectors or groups. Most of these exemption notifications come with certain pre-conditions. These conditions seek to either restrict the eligibility or could be in the nature of fulfilment of certain post import requirements. Customs authorities, as a trade facilitation measure, generally rely on the declarations made by the importers. Therefore such cases are susceptible to mis-declaration whether in declaration of the eligibility criteria, description of goods or end-use or post import conditions.
Misuse of Foreign /Preferential Trade Agreement (FTA/PTA)
In order to foster trade relations and expand its market, India has entered into many bilateral and multilateral trade agreements with other countries. Such agreements accord the exporting country certain tariff and/or non-tariff benefits and therefore are also fraught with the possibility of misuse.
Misuse of Importer Exporter Code
The Importer Exporter Code number (IEC) is a unique ten digit number allotted by the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) and is linked with the PAN number. It is mandatory for every importer/exporter to obtain an IEC. It enables easy identification of the importers. However, to avoid punitive action, bogus IECs are used to carry out dubious transactions. These are either obtained by misrepresentation of facts or by using genuine IECs fraudulently by third parties without the knowledge or consent of the actual IEC holder or by “lending” out for use, by the actual IEC holder to a third party.
Crime against environment
The Government of India is a signatory to various treaties and conventions under which trans-border movements of specified commodities are regulated, such as the Basel Convention on the Control of Trans-boundary movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and their Destruction (CWC), the Cartagena Protocol on Bio-safety, Montreal Protocol on substances that delete the ozone layer, the Rotterdam Convention on the prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides etc. These multilateral agreements regulate the cross-border movements of many substances and products in the form of import and export thereof. DRI has been in the forefront of the drive against violations of such multi-lateral agreements, which may not have a direct impact on the government revenue, but are highly detrimental to the environment and ecology of the country.
As the enforcement agency responsible for securing the economic frontiers of the country, one of DRI’s mandates is to ensure that compliance of national laws is met with respect to goods entering or leaving the country. Relevant provisions in the Customs Act, 1962 empower the customs officers to intercept any goods which do not comply with the provisions of other Acts, insofar as import and export are concerned.