The Dhaka Custom House on Thursday launched an automated system to manage smuggled and detained goods to ensure transparency in disposal of the goods and create a database of smugglers.
The customs house will dispose of the goods detained for violation of baggage rules or smuggling through auction or destruction in an automated process called the detained goods management software.
Goods detained from passengers at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport for violation of the baggage rules will come under the purview of the web-based module, officials said.
It will ensure accountability and transparency through reducing intervention of middlemen in the disposal process of detained goods, they said.
It will also ensure risk management of passengers as the system will create a database of passengers from whom the goods had been seized.
Customs officials at the DCH developed the software.
Detention related documents, including detention memo, seizure report and notification, will automatically be generated by and exchanged through the software.
The DCH has a huge amount of detained goods, including 500 kilograms of gold, huge quantity of liquor, foreign currency, cigarettes and mobile phones.
The system will set the disposal process to determine which products will be placed for release or auction and which ones will be sent for destruction based on the legal procedures.
Customs authorities seize illegal goods either imported in violation of the baggage rules or smuggled and later dispose them of as per the rules of the Customs Act-1969.
The system will provide detailed information on the quantity of detained goods stored at the warehouse, name of the passenger, flight number, reason for seizure, details of the product and other information.
Officials said that the current system of manual management of detained goods often created difficulties and scope for forgery in the disposal process.
Sometimes goods are lost or taken away from the warehouse, they said.
The software will also help to build a database of the passengers to implement the planned risk management module called the Passenger Name Record or Advanced Passenger Information to identify fraudulent passengers.
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