Trade Minister Mehmet Muş said they smuggled 2021 billion TL 76 million in smuggled goods in 7, an increase of 749% from the previous year, and said: “ A significant portion of the contraband that we have seized consists of narcotics. .” noted.
In his speech at the “2021 anti-smuggling assessment meeting” held at the ministry’s command and control center, Muş said that they had continued their anti-smuggling activities without slow down last year.
Stressing that despite the negative effects of the epidemic conditions in Kovid-19, customs enforcement teams and all relevant ministry staff continue to work with great sacrifices across the country, especially at border crossings, Muş said: “In fact, thanks to the work that continues throughout the year without slowing down, it is 76% compared to the previous year. With an increase of 7 billion 749 million Turkish liras, we have seized illegal goods. Drugs are a significant part of these contraband items that we have seized. In 2021, we have achieved great success in preventing the entry of cocaine, heroin, liquid heroin, methamphetamine and captagon into our country. In 2021, a total of 10.8 tonnes of narcotic substances were seized by our customs control teams. While we seized over 2 tonnes of cocaine and heroin, one of the narcotics we seized last year, our seizures of captagon exceeded 1.5 tonnes, while our seizures of marijuana and khat each exceeded 1 tonne. he said.
Recalling that 1.7 tons of cocaine were seized from containers loaded with bananas at a port in Mersin, and 6.2 million captagon drugs were seized between building stones in Iskenderun, Muş said: “However, 469 , 2 kilograms of drug-type khat were seized in Istanbul. The seizure of drugs was also part of our remarkable operations in this field in our country. Three of our large-scale drug seizures in 2021 took place at the Gürbulak customs post. During operations at this site on various dates, 3 kilograms of heroin, 808 kilograms of liquid heroin and 462 kilograms of methamphetamine-based drugs were seized. used the sentences.
Claiming to have achieved significant successes in this area by resolutely bypassing attempts to smuggle commercial goods with the work carried out throughout the year, Muş said he seized 2021 million packs of cigarettes and 3.7 million of buttons used in the production of illegal products. cigarettes in operations in 26.1. Noting that they seized a total of 52.7 thousand liters of alcoholic beverages and 1778 tons of fuel oil, Muş said that 5 thousand 895 kilograms of honey, 1 million 684 thousand auto spare parts and 265 tons of tea are among the products. sales representatives seized in 2021.
“Our effective fight against fuel smuggling will continue with determination”
Stressing that the fight against fuel smuggling continues with the effective contribution of all the institutions concerned, Muş continued as follows:
“In 2021, as a result of surveys carried out by the fuel task force across the country and studies of 930 companies considered to be at risk, it was determined that 14 billion lire of false invoices were issued and approximately 5.5 billion lire of public losses were caused. Our effective fight against fuel smuggling will continue with determination. Those who engage in such illegal activities will be detected by our customs enforcement teams, regardless of the methods they use. Our ministry strictly pursues its efforts to fight contraband at our customs and border posts. “
“We will produce with national and national resources”
Emphasizing that they will implement the vehicle and container scanning systems that can be produced by a limited number of countries in the world with the MIL-TAR project, which is carried out in collaboration with the Presidency of the Presidency of the defense industry and will be completed in the first half of this year, with national and national means, Muş said that with the digitization network project carried out with TÜBİTAK, vehicle and container X-ray scanning systems will be implemented. He said they would check the images obtained from the scanning systems in different customs administrations and at the command and control center and detect the changes with artificial intelligence.
Muş explained that with Project Guard, which has reached the final stage of its work, they will analyze data from the ministry’s databases with artificial intelligence and use it effectively in our anti-smuggling activities.
Sharing the information that they will increase the number of vehicle and container x-ray scanning systems, which reached 74 last year, with new purchases and installations, said Muş: “We also use our systems for scanning. passenger imagery, which is produced entirely with domestic facilities. , in customs areas, which remotely detect illegal substances hidden in passengers’ clothes.
Dogs will also be used for live research
Stating that they attach great importance to the facilities of international standards used in the fight against smuggling, Muş drew attention to the fact that the Command and Control Center is at the center of the fight against smuggling. Stating that they monitor land, sea and air traffic in this 7/24 center, Muş noted that they make operational decisions as a result of the analyzes and coordinate the operations of the provincial administrations.
Emphasizing the importance of the Dog Training Center, Muş said that this year they have added local breeds to the detector dogs trained in different branches of this center. Stating that the local breed dogs, which they began to nurture carefully when they were still puppies, have started serving in the organization for the first time this year, Muş said: “We will be using them soon. dogs bred to fight immigrant trafficking as live search dogs, ”he said.
“We have signed 11 international operations”
Emphasizing that they attach great importance to national and international cooperation in anti-smuggling activities carried out without interruption with all technical devices and installations used by expert personnel, Muş said that they are working in harmony with all stakeholders in this field and that they carry out joint operations by collaborating at the highest level.
In this context, Muş pointed out that they had quickly assessed around 136 notices and appeals sent to them through various channels, in particular the ‘Hello 9’ whistleblower line, and said: ‘We have conducted 11 international operations in the framework of instantaneous exchanges of intelligence information. ” noted.
Noting that the “Ship Search”, “Marine Patrol” and “Container Control” teams working in seas and ports have successfully completed their anti-smuggling tasks, Muş said that Narko-Kims, the X-ray operators and detector dog managers will close 2021 with major drug seizure records. He said he made a great contribution.
“We will not allow those who try to trade illegally”
Muş said: “Last year, 6 million passengers, 74.5 million containers, 7.7 thousand planes, 474 thousand ships, 85 million trucks and 4.4 million passenger vehicles, with around 2, 6 thousand customs officers, including expert teams, customs control. We have completed the process. shared his knowledge.
Emphasizing that while facilitating legal trade in 2022, they will not allow illegal trade, Muş said, “We will continue our struggle in this area with determination. As part of the fight against smuggling, we will never allow those who attempt to engage in illegal trade using the full potential of technology to the fullest. noted.