MAQIS Stopped Durian Smuggling Attempt

The Department of Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) Perak managed to seize two tonnes of durians that were smuggled from Thailand.

The durians were found during an inspection on a lorry that passed through the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex (ICQS) in Pengkalan Hulu, Gerik, yesterday (August 10).

MAQIS said in a statement, the inspection which was done at 3pm found that the fruits did not comply with the import conditions.

According to the statement, the 3P import requirements set by MAQIS are labelling, grading and packaging.

“The fruits worth about RM7,000 were impounded for further investigation.

“Violation of import conditions is an offense under Section 15(1) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728),” the statement mentioned.

If convicted, one can be fined up to RM100,000, face imprisonment, or both, according to Section 15(2) of the same act.


Rosli Mansor


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