Customs Intelligence detects evasion, arrests importer

KARACHI: Regional Office Rawalpindi of Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation has detected unlawful import of Access Gateways Equipment, which is not importable unless the type approval has been obtained from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

An FIR has been lodged against Mohammad Nadeem Aslam Khan of M/s Chase Trading & Co, and concerned examination and assessment staff of MCC Islamabad.

Upon information received from Shaukat Ali Director General I&I-FBR, a consignment of access gateways equipment unlawfully cleared at Air Freight Unit Islamabad has been seized.

The consignment was imported by M/s Chase Trading & Technology Co, but was declared as switches. The imported goods  are  not importable unless the type approval has been obtained from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

But, M/s Chase Trading & Technology Co, did not get the PTA approval and in order to circumvent the provision misdeclared the goods as switches and in connivance of customs staff got the assignment cleared.

Moreover, the actual customs duty leviable on the goods is Rs15.8 million while the customs staff at AFU Islamabad cleared the goods as switches at the nominal value of Rs66,250 only.

Further investigation found that the said imported had previously cleared 32 pieces of Access Gateway in the same way by misdeclaration of physical description and value through Islamabad dry port and evaded duty and taxes of Rs9.6 million approximately  and circumventing the provision of Import Policy Order. The total of Rs17.2 million was evaded in this manner.

Nadeem Aslam Khan is arrested and investigations are underway.

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