$135,000 of smuggled iPhones seized by Customs in India

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The iPhones seized at Customs.
Picture: Hyderabad Customs

Customs officers have seized round 80 iPhones being smuggled via Rajiv Gandhi Worldwide Airport in Hyderabad, India. The gadgets included varied iPhone 12 fashions, together with the iPhone 12 Professional and iPhone 12 Professional Max. In addition they arrested two passengers who owned the checked-in baggage, and one other particular person reportedly concerned within the smuggling.

The smuggling was nearly actually to keep away from paying import obligation on the gadgets. Import duties on the iPhone in India have been elevated from 10 to fifteen% in late 2017.

The Indian Specific newspaper notes that:

“The 2 passengers had arrived from Sharjah [in the United Arab Emirates] on Wednesday by Air Arabia flight G9 458. In line with an official assertion, the passengers have been detained after they tried to depart their baggage close to the bags belt and flee. The officers upon noticing this nabbed them to verify their baggage and located as many as 80 iPhones hid inside.”

In line with the report, the smuggled items had a neighborhood retail worth of Rs 10,065,000 ($135,000), whereas Customs officers additionally seized Rs 400,000 ($539) in money from one of many alleged criminals arrested.

As a lot sought-after gadgets, Apple merchandise are steadily the topic of felony enterprises — whether or not that’s robberies, forgeries, or smuggling. For instance, in early 2020, smugglers have been arrested in Hong Kong for smuggling undeclared iPhones, Apple Watches, iPads, and extra — value an estimated $1 million. Each effort is made to struggle again in opposition to smuggling crime. However the rewards are clearly nonetheless ample that individuals carry it out.

Supply: Indian Specific

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