The CBIC has issued a controlled delivery regulation that permits customs agents to implant tracking devices to monitor the transit of “suspicious” consignments.

Gold and silver, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, valuable and semi-precious stones, wine, cash, cigarettes, tobacco, wildlife goods, and antiques have been included to the new regulation’s list in an effort to combat smuggling.

This will enable a customs officer at the ports to designate export and import shipments for restricted delivery based on a “reasonable belief” that the shipment is “suspicious” and to monitor its movement.

According to the notification, the customs officer must seek approval as soon as feasible, but no later than 72 hours after making a controlled delivery if he or she is unable to get it before making the controlled delivery.

Additionally, the officers are obligated to provide a comprehensive report on such authorised actions. The restriction, according to tax officials, is intended to prevent smuggling and would not negatively affect enterprises. This will have no effect on companies, and it will aid in tracing the whole supply chain and identifying the true smugglers.

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