Guyana Customs: Over 3,000 bottles of high-end liquor seized – false declaration

GRA strikes at city wharf – seizes smuggled items 

Over 3000 bottles of liquor seized

GRA’s Commissioner-General, Godfrey Statia, would only confirm that a shipment was seized and that he was awaiting a report. However, unconfirmed reports are that there were hundreds of bottles of Hennessy Cognac, and Johnny Walker Scotch Whisky.
The container that came reportedly had something other than liquor declared.

The shipment is said to be valued at over G$15M. (Over USD $75,000).  It was said to have originated from St. Maarten, and docked at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation wharf, Lombard Street. It was immediately sealed upon discovery of the items.

There were allegations yesterday of collusion with a Customs official and this is being investigated.

Later, GRA Commissioner-General, Godfrey Statia last night confirmed to Stabroek News the bust made at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) wharf, was found among kitchen utensils imported into the country.

GRA has started a campaign to stamp liquor entering the country to prove that taxes have been paid. It has netted some good returns. However, the open borders and evidence of collusion at city wharves is still affecting revenue collection. Much of the liquor ends up at bars and night clubs.

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  • Jasmine  On 02/08/2019 at 7:38 am

    Glad to hear that the GRA is clamping down on this corruption.

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