KARACHI: Collector MCC Appraisement West, Mohammad Saleem has taken this task to effect dead recoveries to the tune of billions of rupees.

According to details, during the renovation and shifting of Custom House back in 1997-98, the entire record of recoveries and outstanding dues was dumped somewhere and the recoveries were considered dead.

However, Mohammad Saleem tasked senior officers of the Collector to track those cases and compile the data, so that government revenue could be secured.

After hectic efforts of over a month, the Customs officers have been able to sort out the details and lined up 275 cases, in which recoveries are outstanding.

Collector Appraisement West has advised the officers to initiate recovery process against government departments and institutions through proper channel and ensure that the dues are cleared as soon as possible.

Regarding private parties, the formation has been advised to lodge FIRs against bogus addresses and initiate attachment of properties and bank accounts to secure the legitimate government revenue.

According to the official numbers available with Customnews.pk, a sum of Rs306.151 million is non-realized against 13 government bodies and departments under the head of customs duty and taxes. These importers include WAPDA, WAPDA Chief Resident, Pakistan Sports Board Islamabad, STFA Construction Co, Army Welfare Trust, Civil Aviation Authority, SDG Government of Punjab, Hub Power Co. Ltd., Pakistan Oil Seed Development Board, Chief Purchase Officer Rawalpindi, Cotecna Inspection S.A. Karachi, The Protector and Hyderabad Development Authority.

An amount of Rs110.766 million is not realized and outstanding against 21 commercial importers including Murcury Corporation, Jamal Trading Corporation, Sahil International, Hilton International, Irfan Trading Company, Chief Purchase Officer Rawalpindi, Sunny Traders Waqar & Co, Galla & Co, Muhammad Khalid Mir, Abdul Mufeed Raees, Muhammad Bashir, Haji Muhammad Shafi & Sons, Shameem & Co Pvt Ltd Multan, Al Jilani Enterprise, Bridgestock Edulife & co, A. S. Corporation, Manzoor Elahi, Saleem Ahmed Nasir, Malik Impex, Tariq & Co and Amin Tyre Corporation.