ALOR SETAR – Customs officers seized 1,250 boxes of frozen chicken weighing 15,000 kg worth RM102,789 at Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex, Bukit Kayu Hitam on Jan 21.
Kedah Customs director Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir said officers from the Import and Export Division seized the chicken from Thailand after finding that the document submitted was false.
“The document which expired on Jan 2 was modified to Jan 22 to enable the goods to be brought into Malaysia.
“The high quality frozen chicken frozen with halal certification is to be sold in the Klang Valley,” he told reporters at Kedah Customs Headquarters, here today.
The Thai lorry driver,44, and the local agent,28, were detained to assist in the investigation.
Being a perishable item, the frozen chicken was disposed off in accordance with Section 115 (1) (c) of Customs Act 1967 via auction to licensed buyers on Jan 22.
Abdul Latif said the case was investigated under Section 133 (1) (c) of the Customs Act 1957 for furnishing false document.
Offenders face a fine not less than 10 times the amount of customs duty and not more than 20 times the amount of customs duty or jail not more than three years or both. – BERNAMA