Customs officials intercepted two trucks in Islamabad Pakistan carrying over 13,500 Kg of fine quality Green Tea.
The tea was reportedly being smuggled from Islamabad to be sold into the Afghan transit trade. The Afghan Transit Trade is one of the main sources of illegal imports into Pakistan and neighboring countries.
Tea smuggling is nothing new in Afghanistan and Pakistan where the illegal importation of green tea is undermining the the genuine importers who follow the law and pay the appropriate import taxes. Customs reports that the yearly consumption of tea in Pakistan is around 175 Million Kg’s, with only 105 Million Kg’s of that being imported legally.