Malta Customs has one of the “busiest and most positive” years
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Malta Customs Department, in a statement this morning, said that 2017 has been one of the busiest and most positive year for the department.
It made the headlines around the world after the department’s 300kg Cocaine haul, which is Malta’s largest cocaine bust to date.
The department said that its officials continued to capitalise on this success “with an unprecedented momentum.”
The enforcement section (with the exclusion of the IPR section) has made the below seizures during 2017; €234,295 in undeclared cash, 1,9787,951 cigarettes (excise evasion), 250kg tobacco (excise evasion), 500kg of narcotics, 942 bales of fireworks and 32,000,000 items of illegal medications.
These seizures occurred in the Customs areas situated in the ports, airport, Freeport, and in outlets, the department said.
A new scanning shed is being launched this year, which, the department said, “boasts state of the art scanning equipment as well as a dedicated Canine Unit. More investment in human resources as well as enforcement tools is expected.”
The administration within the department had also been restructured over the recent months, “and has been hard at work at improving the overall operational performance to not only serve the public better, but also to protect the financial, environmental, and health interests of the community whilst facilitating trade,” concluded the Malta Customs Department.