KARACHI: R&D MCC Appraisement West has foiled a bid to clear high value and prohibited goods in the garb of used auto parts.
Acting on an information received through Collector MCC Appraisement West Wajid Ali, Additional Collector Saeed Watoo formed a team under the supervision of Deputy Collector Asim Awan and PA Shafiullah.
R&D West intercepted a TP container at KICT destined for Islamabad Dryport transported by Bonded carrier M/s. Z.S Logistics Pvt Ltd declared as used auto parts imported from UAE by M/s. Usman Trading Company.
Detailed examination conducted by Shafiullah of R&D and DC Falik Sher, Examiners Rooahul Ameen, Muhammad Ansar has resulted into recovery of 2350 kgs of assorted perfumes and 12 units of used Suzuki pickups in dismantled condition assorted models from 1990 to 1998 .
Used auto parts comprising only 76 pcs of 3 / 4 cylinder petrol / diesel engines were found. Total value of offending goods is Rs.9.457 million . involving duty/taxes of Rs.11.394 million .
It may be mentioned here that Collectors in Appraisement South including Wajid Ali, Nadeem Memon and Mumtaz Khoso have been quite efficient in revenue collection as under invoicing and mis-declaration were checked.
TP replacement had been a menace plaguing the country’s economy. It is the primary method of smuggling.
Goods are imported from Dubai and other countries, and these goods are mentioned in the IGM were under vague descriptions.
These consignments are then moved to dry ports of Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and the goods being high value are replaced with lower value goods during transit. The pilfered goods are then distributed among the actual buyers, basically shop owners.
It may be mentioned here that these carriers booked orders on ‘done basis’ with the buyers and then the goods were delivered to them at their places.
Despite the provisions in the Customs Act, TP consignments are not fitted with tracking system.