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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued a new procedure for the storage and destruction of seized/confiscated cigarettes, cigarette paper and cigarette filters and betel nuts.

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According to the procedure, the destruction of seized/confiscated cigarettes, cigarette paper and cigarette filters shall be supervised by a committee comprising of the In-charge AC/DC and ADC of the Collectorate / Directorate; Additional Director of Customs Intelligence & Investigation; An officer of the seizing agency equivalent to BS-19, if seizing agency is other than Customs; Representative of renowned Tobacco Companies; and First Class Magistrate.

The committee before destruction shall randomly check different brands to verify the goods brought for destruction and after satisfaction, shall countersign the list both before and also after witnessing the destruction process, that seized/confiscated goods have been burnt/destroyed completely, in the format, FBR added.

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The concerned brand-wise destruction list will be signed by Inspector In-charge along with annexes. The Superintendent In-charge who has earlier signed the seizure memo, shall counter check and sign the brand-wise destruction list, certifying that these are the same goods as per the given recovery memo.

The concerned Assistant Collector/Deputy Collector shall also counter-check the two lists before destruction to satisfy himself, that these are the same goods, FBR added.

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