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$400,000 in undeclared Apple Watches & AirPods Pro seized by Indian customs agents

Seized Apple Watches And Airpods
Seized Apple Watches And Airpods (Image credit: The Free Press Journal)

What you need to know

  • 160 Apple Watches and 600 pairs of AirPods Pro were seized on their way into India..
  • The undeclared goods had a total value of approximately $400,000.

Customs agents at the international airport in Mumbai seized more than $400,000-worth of Apple gear as it made its way into the country. None of the 160 Apple Watches and 600 pairs of AirPods Pro had been declared and are now all sat in a warehouse. It isn't clear what will happen to the haul now.

Local reports note that the huge consignment of items was found on its way into Mumbai on Saturday, with local police now investigating where the Apple Watches and AirPods Pro came from. Where they were going will also be a key point of interest for authorities, too.

According to the officials, a consignment of undeclared goods consisting of 160 Limited Edition Apple Watch Series 6, 600 pieces of Apple Air-Pods Pro and garments of Pakistan origin, collectively amounting to Rs 3 crore were seized."We are trying to find out more details about where was this consignment going and who was it meant for," said a Customs official.

Smuggling Apple hardware into India is big business due to the high price of items that are bought locally. That also means that customs officials are very much on the lookout for packages that aren't what they claim to be — hence this particular outcome over the weekend.

The Apple Watches in question were reported to be "limited edition" models, although it isn't clear what that means. Regardless, there has to be a better way to bag a bargain than trying to import Apple Watches like this. Like checking out our list of the best Apple Watch deals, for example!

Oliver Haslam
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.