Customs suspends licenses of 31 forwarders
Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy
KUCHING: The Customs Department has suspended the licences of 31 forwarding agents for committing various offences, including falsifying documents.
Customs director-general Datuk Seri Subromaniam Tholasy said the errant agents were found to have submitted false declaration of goods, presented false Customs official receipts and been involved in smuggling and fly-by-night activities.
"Their licences will be suspended for six months effective from today (Feb 5).
"This is part of our new policy on agents, throu gh which we will take tough action on those who fail to comply with regulations," he told a press conference ahead of the 83rd Malaysia Customs directors meeting here on Monday (Feb 5).
Subromaniam said forwarding agents must carry out due diligence and know who their customers are.
"They must also take responsibility for Customs declarations and know what goods are being declared.
"This is a pre-emptive step to ensure that our ports are safe and no one makes use of agents to bring in prohibited items," he added.Related NewsSource: Google News