with its commitment to preserve the natural resources of the nation, in yet
another successful operation on 16.09.2022, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
(DRI) has recovered 10.23 MT of Red Sanders, estimated at Rs
6 crore in the international market, from an export consignment that
was destined for Singapore.
developed by DRI indicated that red sanders logs, concealed in an export
consignment declared to contain “static convertor/rectifier and wire
harness cable”, were in the process of being smuggled out of the
country. Based on the said intelligence, the officers of DRI intercepted an
export bound container at ICD Palwal, which was also put on hold by the ICD
Palwal Customs officers, having been informed as suspicious by the Custodian of
the said ICD.
of the said container by the DRI officers, along with the customs officers of
ICD Palwal, led to the recovery of 10.23 MT of red sanders - an item mentioned
in the Appendix II of CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). The export of red sanders from India is
prohibited/restricted, as per the Foreign Trade Policy.
The said container was in the process
of being exported using fake documents of a Noida SEZ based entity, following a similar Modus
Operandi busted by DRI earlier. Preliminary enquiry by the DRI has
revealed that the documents used for the said export are fake and manipulated.
Even the registration number of the truck, used for transport of the said
container to the ICD Palwal, is manipulated. The recovered 10.23 MT of red
sanders logs, valued at Rs 6 crore (approx.), along with the truck have been
seized under the Customs Act, 1962. Further investigations are in progress.
made seizure of 110.26 MT of red sanders in eleven instances
at different ICDs/ports, since November 2021. DRI remains committed to
continue its relentless crackdown against those attempting to compromise the
economic frontiers of India and misappropriating her rich natural heritage.