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Smuggled gold seized at airports doubled in FY23, FinMin tells Lok Sabha

Mumbai witnessed 50 per cent growth in gold seized in FY23 compared to the pre-pandemic year of FY20

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The quantity of gold seized from airport personnel has grown four-fold to 80 kg so far in FY23, highest in the last four financial years with Mumbai, Imphal, and Chennai accounting for around 63 per cent of seizures

Nikesh Singh New Delhi
The quantity of smuggled gold seized from Indian airports doubled in the first 11 months of FY23 to 2,532 kg, as compared to the previous year, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told the Lok Sabha on Monday.

In the pre-pandemic year of FY20, the quantity of gold seized at airports stood at 2,630 kg. There was a sharp decline in the numbers in FY21 and FY22 to 1,001 kg and 1,240 kg, respectively, due to a nationwide lockdown and a subsequent suspension of domestic and international flights.

Mumbai airport has the highest reported quantity of gold smuggling of 604.5 kg in

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First Published: Mar 20 2023 | 8:16 PM IST

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