KARACHI: MCC Port Qasim has detected misuse of concessionary order SRO 659(I)/2007 causing colossal loss to the national exchequer.

The collectorate detected evasion of duty/taxes amounting to Rs67.7 million on import of polyester ladies/gents suiting. Shirting fabric and polyester dyed fabric on account of misuse of SRO 659(I)/2007.

A senior officer said the appraising officer processed the goods declarations (GDs) without taking cognizance of misdeclared PCT by the importer that the declared description and found description of the goods was polyester fabric attracting PCT 5407.5200 rather incorrect PCT applied by importer of nylon fabric 5407.4200 thereby availing otherwise inadmissible benefit of SRO 659(I)/2007 by 4.0 percent.

The officer said the first GD processed became the part of past 90-day data and officers were then bound to accord the same treatment to other GDs.

Appraising Officer (AO) Qaisar Nadeem Chatha processed 45 GDs, AOs Akram Basra and Mohammad Bilal processed 27 GDs each, Khurram Rafique did 18 GDs, Principal Appraiser (PA) Tariq Aziz processed 06 GDs, AO Abdul Hameed did five consignments. PA Abdur Rasheed Shaikah, AO Aziz Sarwar, AO Ehtesham-ul-Haq Paracha and AO Khalid Pervez processed 04 GDs each.

Moreover, AOs Hafiz Jokhio and Khalid Hasan Awan processed 03 GDs, AOs Imtiaz hussain Khan, Sarfaraz Bangalzai, Syed Kamaluddin, Roshan ali Khan and PA Ghulam Murtaza processed 02 GDs. AOs Amjad Iqbal, Imdad Ali Bozdar, Naeem Butt, Zulfikar ali Shaikh, Mohammad Idrees, Rauf Khan, Shahid Murad, Noor Mohamad Kalwar and PAs Khalid Umar, Ahmed Nawaz and Sultan Aurungzeb one GD each on which inadmissible benefit of SRO 659(I)/2007 was availed.

A senior officer said the appraising staff including PAs and AOs connived with the importers and clearing agents for their own benefit on the cost of national exchequer.

On the other hand appraising staff including PAs and AOs are of the view that they processed the GDs as per the directions and approval of Deputy/Assistant collectors.