Steel importers booked for smuggling, goods worth Rs102 million seized
KARACHI: Customs Intelligence & Investigation Karachi has lodged three FIRs against several accused including M/s A-One Steel, M/s Royal Steel, M/s New Aijaz Engineering and others for smuggling of galvanized steel coils (secondary quality) and causing big revenue loss to the national exchequer. Information was passed through Director Irfan Javed that foreign origin smuggled and non-duty paid steel coils are dumped at M/s M.A. Chaudhry Goods Transport Company and M/s Kissan goods Transport Company at Hawksbay Road for its transportation to up-country. I Subsequently, staff of the Directorate Customs Intelligence & Investigation Karachi, visited M/s M.A. Chaudhry Goods Transport Company and M/s Kissan goods Transport Company and found a large number of steel coils lying there suspected to be smuggled and non-duty paid. In this regard Detention Notices were served upon M/s M.A. Chaudhry Goods Transport Company and M/s Kissan goods Transport Company with the direction to provide all legal and relevant import documents in support of legal import, lawful possession, purchase and transportation of detained goods. The record retrieved and statement recorded from the godown owner transpired that the goods coils belonged to M/s. New Aijaz Engineering, M/s Royal Steel and M/s A-One Steel. These importers colluded and submitted bogus documents to hide true ownership and status of smuggled goods. Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi established that M/s New Aijaz Engineering, M/s Royal Steel and M/s A-One Steel and other associates in crime have smuggled foreign origin steel coils worth Rs102 million. The goods have been seized and investigations are underway. It may be mentioned here Director Irfan Javed has done very effective work distribution among officers and officials. Additional Director Sheeraz Ahmed has been assigned enforcement operations and (R&A), while Deputy Director Muhammad Adnan and, Superintendent Fakhar Shah are working quite efficiently. The Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation is now working effectively against smuggling without any pressure unlike previous days when Director General Shaukat Ali had crippled the entire formation.