30,762 seized liquor bottles destroyed by GAC
November 21 2016 08:20 PM
The crushed bottles
The crushed bottles


The General Authority of Customs (GAC) has destroyed four containers holding 30,762 bottles of wine and alcoholic beverages, seized by Doha Port over a period of time.

The destruction process was attended by the head of the committee concerned at GAC, and a representative from both the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME).

The bottles, seized by the GAC officers at Doha Port at various intervals, were destroyed after finalising the necessary legal procedures, in addition to the court verdict in the regard. The workers at the port emptied the contents of the containers and the bottles were completely crushed by heavy equipment.

GAC regularly destroys various types of goods at the land transport area, based on the classification process. The destroyed goods could include materials that pose security, environmental, and social hazards. The destruction process is usually done every six months at the time designated by the GAC public auction committee.

Goods that pose security risks such as weapons and ammunition are referred to the MoI, medicines and medical stuff to the Ministry of Public Health, tobacco and related goods to the MME, unauthorised religious texts and sorcery materials to the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs, while alcohol and pornographic materials are destroyed by the GAC itself.

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