The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) said on Monday that it seized e-cigarettes valued at Rs 48 crore from Mundra port in Gujarat on September 16 as part of its anti-e-cigarette smuggling operation , the use and sale of which is prohibited in India.
An official said that after being informed that e-cigarettes were being smuggled through misrepresentation and concealment through Mundra Port, a container was identified and tracked.
Upon arrival at Mundra Port, the container was inspected.
“Investigation revealed that the goods had been wrongly declared as ‘mops’. Upon examination of the container, all the cartons inside were opened. It was found that except for some cartons contained mops, several boxes contained a hand massager, an LCD screen, a notepad and silicone pop-up toys which were undeclared,” the official said.
Further research revealed that there were another 250 cartons containing 2 lakh of 2500 puff variant e-cigarettes, while one carton contained 400 pieces of 5000 puff variant e-cigarettes, all branded as “Yuotoa”, manufactured in China.
The e-cigarettes and all other goods that accompanied them in the container were seized under the provisions of the Customs Act. The official said the market value of the seized e-cigarettes would be around Rs 48 crore.
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