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Q.1Why do Customs officers conduct search on passengers and their baggage?
A.1

Customs officers are tasked with the duties to prevent and detect smuggling of contraband items such as narcotics, arms, ammunition, weapons, counterfeit and pirated goods. In fulfilling the mission, we examine baggage of passengers at entry / exit points on a selective basis. Personal search may also be conducted on passengers as and when required.

Q.2On what basis do Customs officers select passengers for examination?
A.2

In order to ensure a smooth flow of passengers at entry / exit points, the Department adopts a risk management approach to select passengers for examination. In making the selection, we are mindful to avoid any inconvenience so caused to the passengers.

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