Smuggled Chinese Vitamin C seized in Mizoram – Times of India
GUWAHATI: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) and customs have busted a smuggling syndicate involved in smuggling of Chinese vitamin C (abscorbic acid) from China through Myanmar via the land borders in north eastern states to evade different Indian taxes.
An official source said that a seizure was made at Vairangte in Mizoram which is valued at close to Rs 10 crore smuggled from China and it was smuggled with the objective of evading not just the customs duties and GST, but also anti-dumping duty, all adding up to duty evasion of approximately Rs 4.81 crore. Ascorbic acid is used for manufacture of medicine.
“It is the biggest ever anti-dumping duty evasion case detected in the north eastern region. Officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, acting on intelligence, recovered and seized a huge quantity of Chinese origin ascorbic acid in bulk packs weighing 88 MTs, valued at Rs.7.04 crores from several godowns situated at Vairengte in Mizoram. The cartons, each weighing 25 kgs in which the Ascorbic Acid was packed, bore inscriptions “ASCORBIC ACID, BP/USP/EP/FCC/E300, MADE IN CHINA”, the source said.
The recovered consignment of Vitamin C is believed to hove been smuggled from Shandong province of China via sea route to South East Asio and then entered India via Myanmar through Zowkhatar border in Mizoram. After crossing the Indo-Myanmar border through Zowkhatar, the smuggled goods were brought to Vairengte in trucks, where it was temporarily stored for onward transportation to other parts of India.
“Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) imports from China attract Anti-dumping duty @ 3.74 USD per kg, as per the Ministry of Finance Notification No: 38/2015 (ADD) dated 6.8.2015 along with other applicable Customs duties, namely, BCD@ 10 % and IGST@ 18 %. Taking into consideration, the present market price of Ascorbic Acid @Rs 800 per kg, approximate total duty evasion works out to be Rs 3.54 Crores, comprisomg of Rs 2.12 crores Anti Dumping duty and Customs Duties including IGST of Rs.1.42 crores,” the source said.
The source said that the case further establishes the sensitivity of India-Myanmar border which is being exploited by international syndicates to smuggle narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances, gold, wildlife products and commercial goods. DRI is closely monitoring the illicit activity on this border.