Penalties for smuggling under Pakistan’s customs law

KARACHI: Award of death sentence has been prescribed for smuggling of narcotic drugs under Customs law of Pakistan.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) updated Customs Act, 1969 updated till June 30, 2019 which explained penalties for different penalties.

According Customs Act, 1969:

  • If any goods be smuggled into or out of Pakistan:

Such goods shall be liable to confiscation and any person concerned in the offence shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding ten times the value of the goods; and upon conviction by a Special Judge he shall further be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding fourteen years and to fine not exceeding ten times the value of such goods:

Provided that, in the case of such goods as may be notified by the Federal Government in the official Gazette, the sentence of imprisonment shall not be less than five years, and the whole or any part of his property shall also be liable to confiscation in accordance with the provisions of the Prevention of Smuggling Act,1977.

  • If the smuggled goods are narcotics drugs, psychotropic substances or controlled substances,-

such goods shall be liable to confiscation and any person concerned in the offence shall be liable to –

(a) if the quantity of the narcotic drug, psychotropic substance of controlled substance is one hundred grams or less;

  • imprisonment which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both;
  • imprisonment which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to fine;

(b) if the quantity of the narcotic drug, psychotropic substance or controlled substance exceeds one hundred grams but does not exceed one kilogram;

death or imprisonment for life, or imprisonment for a term which may extend to fourteen years and shall also be liable to fine which may be up to one million rupees;

(c) if the quantity of the narcotic drug, psychotropic substance or controlled substance exceeds the limit specified in clause (b);

Provided that, if the quantity exceeds ten kilograms the punishment shall not be less than imprisonment for life.

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