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1,000 pairs footwear donated to detention services

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A total of 1,000 pair of footwear seized by the Customs Department will be donated to the Detention Services directly and through other entities and NGOs that work with migrants, Finance Minister, Prof. Edward Scicluna, announced.

Prof. Scicluna was speaking during a press conference held at Customs House where he announced the donation while also speaking about the importance of the work carried out by the Customs Department.

Speaking alongside the Director General of Customs Joseph P. Brincat, Prof. Scicluna explained that the Customs Department seizes many types of goods in the course of blocking entry to illegal items.

He noted that depending whether the seized goods are genuine or counterfeit, they are destroyed or auctioned. In the latter case, the seized items would be providing a source of income to government.

He also explained that a request for the de-branding of seized counterfeit goods, to render them amenable to be given for charity rather than destroyed, has been made by an NGO and is being seriously studied.

Prof. Scicluna said "it is important to demonstrate that the Customs Department is working hard to seize illegal goods.” He added said that while similar donations were done in the past, it is the first time that such a large donation is taking place.

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