KARACHI: MCC Port Qasim has detected evasion of government revenue of Rs21.78 million through mis-declaration of description and PCT headings by M/s Xing enterprises.
According to details, M/s Xing Enterprises imported 23 consignments declared to contain assorted type toys without application of valuation ruling. During the course of post scrutiny of the goods declarations (GDs), it is transpired that the importer has cleared battery operated ride-on bikes, cars, walkers, swings, ride on manual scooty, manual toys fidget spinner and wardrobe etc by mis-declaring their description in order to avoid Valuation Ruling No. 991/2016 and Valuation Ruling No. 955/2016 and regulatory duty.
It has been established that M/s Xing Enterprises willfully and deliberately mis-declared and mis-classified to avoid application of valuation ruling and regulatory duty.
One person identified as Imran aka Molvi is said to be the front man of this cartel who have been importing toys evading government revenue.
Sources said these importers have been involved in blackmailing and pressurizing the officers/officials through the use of a magazine and a third-rated news channel. They attempted to blackmail Additional Collector Yaseen Murtaza, Deputy Collector Athar Naveed, Principal Appraisers Shahid Rizvi, Khalid Umar, Dost Mohammad, Appraising Officer Rana Insaram Rabbani; Superintendent Abdul Razzak Junejo and IO Liaquat in Sukkar.
Customs authorities have initiated large scale investigations into this toy import scam at Lahore dry port, Multan dry port and Appraisement South. A team was formed in this regard comprising Principal Appraisers Dost Mohammad and Tawfiq Shaikh and Appraising Officer Saleem Qaimkhani, but the accused Imran aka Molvi did not appear before the team and escaped.
Market sources said that these particular importers through tax evasion had upset the market mechanism pushing legitimate importers out of business.