The government is set to withdraw a 5 per cent advance tax on the import of gold in the fiscal year of 2022-23 to encourage the import of the precious metal through formal channels and discourage smuggling.
In the name of sending gifts to dear ones, several syndicates have been using expatriates to smuggle gold into Bangladesh.
Police have arrested a couple in Bandarban for allegedly smuggling gold bars worth Tk three crores from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Three people are arrested while trying to smuggle gold worth around Tk 6.60 crore into India through the bordering area of Benapole in Jashore, according to officials of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
Customs officials detain a man with 6.60 kilogrammes of gold ornaments worth Tk 3.21 crore at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital.
Two staffers of Biman Bangladesh Airlines are detained with 38 gold bars weighing around four kilogrammes at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka.
A Chinese national has been detained with 28 gold bars weighing over three kilogrammes at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in capital Dhaka.
A Chinese citizen was held with 24 gold bars, weighing around 2.8 kilogrammes, at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram yesterday. Fan Ronggui, 30, a passenger of flight no. DG-148 of a Biman Bangladesh flight from Dubai, was detained with gold worth Tk 1.20 crore found inside a rechargeable light
The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate officials recovered some 200 gold bars weighing about 23.4kg from two toilets of a Bangladesh Biman Airlines aircraft at Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city yesterday.