KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Quetta exceeded its tax collection target for July-September by 42 percent comparing to the corresponding period of 2017-18.

Collector MCC Quetta Ashraf Alt said Quetta Collectorate generated Rs5.9 billion during the first quarter of financial year 2018-19. The amount collected during the quarter was 42 percent higher than the revenue collected during the same period a year ego.

He said that customs duty collection rose to Rs 2.107 billion and sales tax to Rs2.592 billion in the period under review, exceeding the respective first quarter targets of Rs 1.517 billion and Rs 1.782 billion.

Similarly against the Income tax target of Rs 788 million, the Model Customs Collectorate Quetta collected Rs1.035 billion The Federal Excise Duty (FED) collection was Rs 105 million against the given target of Rs 91 million.

Collector said that unprecedented revenue collection has been made possible due to enhanced surveillance on clearances at Customs Stations Taftan, Chaman and NLC Dry Port Quetta, strengthening of the department’s en-route check posts and speedy disposal of seized goods and vehicles through auctions.

An amount of Rs207 million was realized through disposal of seized goods/vehicles during July-September 2018-19, and Rs29.79 million was collected through recovery of outstanding dues. He further said that concerted anti-smuggling efforts led to impounding of 250 non-duty paid vehicles. Whereas, an amount of Rs203 million was collected through seizure of Iran origin diesel.

The worth of total miscellaneous goods involved in smuggling seized by MCC Quetta is around Rs500 million. While during the same period of previous year Rs270 million goods were taken into custody.

Huge quantity of Gutka of Indian origin of around Rs50 million and detention of Zaireen loaded Buses carrying smuggled goods coming from Iran were also among the leading seizures cases of Quetta Collectorate.