KARACHI: MCC Appraisement West has lodged an FIR against several accused for mis-declaration of description, weight, quantity and value of imported goods with an intention to defraud government of its legitimate revenue.
Information was passed through Collector Wajid Ali to Additional Collector Aamir Theim that M/s Khan Enterprises were involved in continued attempts to clear high tariff and banned goods under the garb of used clothing and worn articles.
Accordingly, Assistant Collector Rizwan along with Principal Appraiser Shafiullah and Appraising Officer Ghani Soomro retrieved a container which was transshipped from Port Qasim to Al-Hamd Container Terminal (AICT) and booked in the name of M/s Khan Enterprises.
Since no one filed the GD for the said container despite lapse of more than two months, the container was examined, which authenticated the gross mis-declaration of contents as the goods comprising 56 refrigerators, 27 washing machines, dishwashers, range hood and furniture valuing Rs5.6 million were recovered against the declared used clothing and worn articles in IGM and Bill of Lading.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the cargo was booked in the name of M/s M.M. Trading from London, but the consignee name was changed at transshipment port Jebel Ali, as an FIR has already been lodged against M/s M.M. Trading and their associates in a similar case.
The team comprising Additional Collector Aamir Theim, Assistant Collector Rizwan, Principal Appraiser Shafiullah and Appraising Officer Ghani Soomro has been quite efficient against mis-declaration and revenue evasion and their untiring efforts resulted in detection of several big scams.
Preliminary inquiry and information gathered from the PRAL system and along with analysis of importer’s profile, it is observed that previously Goods Declarations were being filed by Customs Agent M/s Ali & Co for clearance of their goods mainly used clothing.
M/s Khan Enterprises, Mehmood Iqbal of M/s M.M Trading Company, Qaiser Abbas of M/s Ali & Co, Muhammad Idrees s/o Yousaf, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Ahsan s/o Muhammad Idrees are instrumental in the fraudulent clearance and getting the mis-declared goods cleared under the guise of used clothing and facilitating the delivery of the goods to the actual financier namely Imran Khan and Aslam Aini against set financial lockage for clearance of goods from customs and delivery thereof.
An FIR is lodged and investigations are underway. It may be mentioned here that NAB and other sensitive agencies are also initiated investigations into this economic terrorism which deprived the exchequer of its legitimate revenue.
The said container was moved from QICT to Al-Hamd Container terminal. NAB, Customs, MCC Appraisement East and ASO Preventive took action and blocked the consignments of the said cartel. There were many consignments in the pipeline and could not be returned. Since these could not be cleared so they planned that the same should be moved to Al-Hamd terminal and attempts are being made to replace the cargo.
MCC Appraisement West Wajid Ali had already issued an alert that any container from QICT, PICT, SAPT moved to off-dock terminals should be watched.