KARACHI: MCC Appraisement East has issued an alert for the information of appraisement collectorates as an evasion of anti-dumping duty on import of tiles from China has been detected.

MCC Appraisement East has detected 10 tiles consignments in which the name of supplier was mis-declared to avoid or minimize incidence of anti-dumping duty. The accumulated evasion has been calculated to be Rs60.98 million.

Sources said contravention reports would be served and FIRs would be lodged against the accused importers. Moreover, MCC Port Qasim is also vigilant on the issue and it is expected that similar evasion of anti-dumping duty is being carried out at MCC Port Qasim, which would come to light once the ongoing scrutiny is complete.

Customs has already detected evasion of over Rs61 million on account of levy of provisional anti-dumping duty on dumped imports of wall and floor tiles into Pakistan originating in and exported from China.

National Tariff Commission of Pakistan (NTC) imposed anti-dumping duties on the imports of Wall and Floor tiles originating in and/or exported from the Peoples Republic of China.

National Tariff commission had imposed anti-dumping duty on wall/floor tiles originating in or exported from China in the range of 5.21 percent to 59.18 percent.

The shipments of tiles are routed from Dubai and the elements involved in the crime switched Bill of Lading declaring the name of supplier on which the anti-dumping duty is lowest. The rate of anti dumping duty is 5.21 percent on M/s Huida Sanitary Ware Company Limited and 6.82 percent on M/s Foshan Hexichuangzhan Ceramics Company Limited.

Most imports of tiles from China are being declared to be from these two suppliers. Interestingly, these two companies are not even aware that such large shipments are being made to Pakistan in their name. Actually these shipments are from Chinese companies on which the highest rate of anti-dumping duty is slapped.

Collector Appraisement East Ashad Jawad formed a team comprising Principal Appraiser Hamood-ur-Rehman, Preventive Officer Malak Hashim to investigate the case.