KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has suspended two chemical examiners for being involved in the clearance of chemicals which are otherwise banned to be imported. Another chemical examiner is likely to be suspended in a day or two.

The R&D section of MCC Appraisement West has lodged an FIR against M/s. Pure Enterprises and their clearing Agent M/s. Rajab Ali & Sons for attempting to fraudulently clear banned goods imported from China.

R&D Appraisement West detected in September 2014 that a chemical named Cefixime Trihydrate was being imported and being cleared through mis-declaration of classification. In the same month R&D Appraisement East focused on this case and pointed out 83 cases. However, no action was taken. Later in February 2015 an officer aware of the scam approached Chief Collector Appraisement South and leaked the information after the lapse of six months. Resultantly, the FIR was lodged against the importer and clearing agent.

Sources said that some Customs officials were patronizing and covering the scam for an obvious consideration. However, the imported reportedly failed to meet its obligations towards the unscrupulous elements within the Customs, which resulted in lodging of FIR after lapse of six months of the detection of the case.

Sources said that around nine FIRs were expected, but now no more FIRs are likely as other senior elements have also been involved to cover this high profile case.

M/s. Pure Enterprises imported pharmaceutical raw material Cefixime Trihydrate and sought clearance declaring the goods classifiable under PCT 3824.9099.

The samples were sent to HEJ Laboratory, University of Karachi for analytical test, which reported that the consignment actually consist of cefixime antibiotic. Cefixime is not permitted to be imported from China as per the provisions of Import Policy Order 2013.

It may be mentioned here that M/s. Cemi Zone imported pharmaceutical raw material Cefixime from India in September 2014 through their clearing agent M/s. Rajab Ali & Sons i.e. the same importer and agent have been involved in this fraud since long causing huge loss to the exchequer.

They have been importing pharmaceutical goods including SDO 444, 555 & 777 and mis-declaring their assessable values at $0.5/kg instead of actual value of Cefixime $190/kg, Paracetamol $3/kg and Ciproxin $25/kg.

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