As part of its mandate to assess and collect lawful national revenues as specified in the Revenue Code of Liberia, the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has recalled and replaced 20 customs staff assigned at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).
The recalled staffs are currently assisting the Authority with an ongoing data mining investigation regarding data emanating from the LRA ASYCUDA System.
The investigation is intended to uncover the smuggling of cellphones, IPads, laptops, and related accessories through the RIA.
The ASYCUDA System shows limited importation and absolutely no indication of Samsung, Iphones, HTC, Sony and other high and low value phones some of which are being sold on the local market by various cellphone stores and dealers including International Mobile, RAJ Enterprise Inc., Atlantis Enterprise Inc., Class Tech Computers and Mobiles, Electro World, and Sharp Show Room, among several other businesses.
The LRA statement said the recalled staffs are required to report to the Professional Ethics Division of the entity.
They will be given other work assignment as deemed appropriate and continue to receive all their remuneration during the period of the investigation, the statement said.
The LRA will also preliminarily investigate those importers who are involved in the smuggling ring and forward them to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.
However, the LRA did not say whether those businesses named in its release import their goods through the RIA, where it recalled its staff from.