Customs Post Clearance Audit makes contravention reports against five importers

KARACHI: The Directorate of Post Clearance Audit (PCA), Pakistan customs filed five contravention reports against Mobile Communication Companies including CM Pak Limited (Islamabad) 2 cases, Commtel (Lahore), BT Pakistan (Karachi), Pakistan Mobile Communication Ltd (Islamabad).

The importers/companies reported upon have imported Cellular Infrastructure Equipment for Telecom Sector which were to be correctly declared under PCT heading 8517,6990 attracting Custom Duty at a rate of 15 per cent, Additional custom duty 1 per cent, Sales Tax 17 per cent Additional Sales tax 3 per cent and With Holding Tax 5.5 per cent.

These companies instead made a mis-declaration under PCT heading 8471.5000, 8471.4900, 8471.4190 which attracted Customs Duty 2 per cent, ACD 1 per  cent, ST 17 per cent, AST 3 per cent and  WHT 6 percent.

According to the Detecting/Processing staff led by Gul Rehman, Director, Rashid Munir, Deputy Director, Waseem Kazmi, Principal Appraiser and others they all were found guilty of evading leviable Custom Duty, Sales Tax, by mis-declaring the classification of goods punishable under clauses (I) and 14 of Section 156 (1) of the Customs Act 1969, Section 33 (5) of the  Sales tax Act 1990 and section 148 and 182 of the  Income Tax Ordinance 2001.

According to contravention reports CM Pak Limited evaded an amount of rupees 17,436, 391 in one report and rupees 22, 333,353 in another case while BT Pakistan evaded  rupees 1,038,695, Pakistan Mobile Communication Ltd rupees 8, 246,542 and Commtel rupees 1,116,314.

All the separate contravention reports have been sent to Collector Customs Adjudication–I for initiating adjudication proceedings against the delinquent companies.

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