The Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) through its intelligence network has tracked a 40 foot container marked MRKU-565484-1, smuggled into the country from China.
The container which has assorted electronic items, ceramic tiles, bath room fixtures, used clothes and bags was declared as slippers. Following investigation, it was established that only one foot of slippers was in the 40 foot container.
The container had a Clean Report of Findings (CRF) but the BIVAC Seal was not on the container.
The entire contents of the 40 foot container were undeclared in violation of Section 1608 of the Liberia Revenue Code.
LRA Senior Security /Investigation Consultant Sam Gaye said investigation into the seized container has identified one Massa Dukuly of Waterside, Monrovia, as the importer who allegedly conspired with multiple importers and organized the elaborate smuggling ring.
The LRA is currently assessing the smuggled goods to determine the value, taxes and penalties owed the government and will pursue enforcement actions in accordance with the law.