KARACHI: MCC Appraisement East has lodged FIRs against several accused for fiscal fraud and illegal funds transfer abroad. The accused are also involved in mis-declaration of imported goods to evade duty and taxes as well as circumvent provisions of Import Policy Order to import banned goods.
Information was received through Collector MCC Appraisement East Nadeem Memon that certain importers were importing high value goods and prohibited goods in the garb of used clothing from green channel facility.
Deputy Collector Rana Arsalan formed a team comprising Principal Appraiser Abdul Qayyum, Appraising Officer Saleem Qaimkhani and Senior Preventive Officer Malak Hashim to investigate the matter.
It was also known that importers in connivance with their clearing agents and other accomplices mis-declared the description of the imported goods, quality, origin, classification and C&F value by submitting false, fake and fabricated import invoice and other import documents to evade legitimate amount of government revenue.
The team found that contrary to declared used clothing, the consignments contained genuine auto parts, electronics, cigarettes, battery cells, shoes, designer suits, protein supplement and packing material etc. worth Rs115 million approximately.
It was also known that M/s ERA Agencies, local agent of M/s SHUFS Shipping, filed Import General Manifest (IGM) of these consignments with incorrect information and issued false Bill of Lading by mentioning port of loading as London Gatway instead of actual port of loading i.e. Jebel Ali UAE.
FIRs have been lodged against importers M/s M.M Trading Company and M/s Al-Aswed Associates; clearing agent M/s Ali Co, M/s ERA Marine Agencies, M/s SHUFS Logistics, Muhammad Idrees, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ahsan, Muzammil and others.