On Friday, Cochin Customs Department seized 7 kg of gold hidden in the petrol tank of a Mini Cooper car imported from Dubai, via Kochi Port.
The car was imported from Dubai, by a native of Mangalore. The importer has given details of two from Kasargod, Kerala, as the persons who sent the car in his name.
Customs seized 14 gold chains weighing 500 gm each, valued at 2 crore were concealed in the fuel tank. The car was imported from Dubai to Kochi, through Carnet De Passage Scheme.
Carnet de passage is a document that allows a person to cross international borders with a vehicle without paying import duties.
With the recovery of 7 kg of gold smuggled through a car imported under the Carnet De Passage scheme, the Customs officials have tightened the import regulations through Kochi Port.