Customs Adjudication penalizes importers for clearing banned pharmaceutical chemicals

KARACHI: The Collector Customs Adjudication Chaudry Muhammad Javaid has charged M/s Pure Enterprises, M/s Cemi Zone Karachi and the clearing agent M/s Rajab Ali & sons for importing and clearing banned goods by mis-declaration of description and classification besides evasion of duty.

A sum of Rs93.857 million is recoverable against the importer, which was evaded through mis-declaration of description and classification. The Adjudication ordered recovery of evaded amount of Rs93.857 million and imposed a penalty of Rs3.5 million on M/s Cemi Zone while a penalty of Rs2.0 million is also imposed on clearing agent M/s Rajab Ali & Sons.

MCC Appraisement (East) had information to the effect that certain unscrupulous importers were engaged in importing Pharmaceutical Raw Material with the vague description of “Preservative ACJC” from China/India by mis-declaring description/classification and value with an intent to circumvent the application of Import Policy Order applicable to the Pharmaceutical Raw-Material.

In order to un-earth the heinous crime by these unscrupulous elements, a broad based exercise/inquiry was undertaken and relevant record of these imports was retrieved from the database of the MCC-East, Karachi. Moreover, couple of consignments of identical goods lying at port were also intercepted and were subjected to chemical analysis which were found to be pharmaceutical raw material contrary to the declaration of importer as chemicals.

Consequently, based on these results of chemical analysis, FIR was accordingly lodged against importer namely Muhammad Ali Chandna of M/s. Pure Enterprises and his Clearing Agent Muhammad Ali Ravjani of M/s. Rajab All & Sons and an FIR against Ziauddin of M/s. Cemi Zone and Muhammad All Chandna of M/s. Pure Enterprises and their associates.

Importer M/s Cemi zone and clearing agent M/s Rajab Ali & Sons stated that Mohammad Ali Chandna of M/s Pure Enterprises is the master mind of all such fake imports of banned chemicals.

The Collector Adjudication established the charges and ordered the importers to pay the amount of duty and taxes and imposed a penalty of Rs3.5 million on importers and a penalty of Rs2.0 million is also imposed on the clearing agent.

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