Crackdown on smugglers in Qatar
The Qatar General Authority of Customs has revealed it detected 851 offences relating to failed attempts to smuggle large quantities alcohol and narcotics into the country last year.
In one case, an attempt was made to smuggle several cartons of liquor by using secret wooden cases through Doha Port and in another, narcotics were concealed inside sweets and nut shells.
Officials report an incident where a large quantity of pills were also discovered inside a tin of frozen food in a passengers luggage.
The Customs Department, with the support of Interpol and Qatar’s Civil Defence Department, also foiled a series of attempts to flood the local market with counterfeit products in 2013.
The presence of counterfeit products in the Arab market is costing Arab countries an estimated $88bn every year and the GCC counties collectively suffered an estimated $18bn loss due to counterfeit products in their markets last year.
The international market is at risk of losing an estimated $780bn per year, or about five to ten percent of the total value of trading, the Directorate of Customs said in its report.