By Goth Mohamed Goth
Las Anod-Somaliland Customs agents in Las Anod have confiscated 11 vehicles which were being smuggled into the country by yet-to-be-identified persons without paying the necessary levies to the Ministry of Finance.
“The Vehicles which were comprised of 10 4WD land cruisers vehicles and one mini bus and the number plates and the documents of the smuggled vehicles we have in our custody were all forged or taken off non-functional vehicles with, said the Custom Official.
The Ministry of Finance has in the past warned the general public against buying vehicles from brokers and other agents before verifying them first with Somaliland Custom Authorities as this implies that the buyer will have to pay taxes earlier forfeited by the importer and penalties.
Just recently Custom officers launched an operation in which apprehended a gang of forgers and at the same time confiscating equipment used to forge documents for shady businessmen who were intended on dodges paying taxes in the city of Burao.