QUETTA: MCC Quetta has seized 28.5 tons of black tea at Chaman which was being smuggled to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Information was passed through Collector Waheed Marwat that certain elements would try to smuggle black tea from Afghanistan in garb of other imported goods at Customs Station Chaman.
Customs Quetta staff increased the vigilance level and a joint team was constituted with Quetta Preventive.
An importer M/s Ataullah and Company filed a GD, the consignments was subjected to 100 percent examination. The importer had declared the goods to be spices, however the examination led to recovery of 28.5 tons of black tea worth Rs12.7 million. Spices were used to conceal the black tea.
The entire consignment valuing Rs14.75 million is seized and investigations are underway.
MCC Quetta in December 2020 has collected Rs743.501 million Customs Duty against the assigned target of Rs579 million, surpassing the target by 28%. The Customs Duty Collection for 2nd Quarter of Financial Year 2020-2021 recorded an increase of over 49% as the Rs2.423 billion was collected against the target of Rs1.622 billion.
Overall, the MCC Quetta during the first half of Financial Year 2020-2021 collected Rs3.743 billion under the head of Customs Duty surpassing the target of Rs2.925 billion by 28% meaning thereby that Rs820 million has been collected over and above the assigned target.
The Customs Duty collection of Rs743.501 million in December 2020 is 16% higher than the Customs Duty collection in the same period last year. Collectively, the 1st half of FY 2020-21 witnessed 14% increase in CD collection as Rs3.743 billion has been collected in 2020-21 against Rs3.292.313 billion collected in same period during FY 2019-20.
Collector Waheed Marwat along with his team comprising ADC Aftab Shah and ADC Qasim Khokar, DC Shah Faisal Sahoo and DC Shahid Hayat are following the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Islamabad policy of effective monitoring to combat misdeclaration, facilitation of trade through reduction in clearance time, open door policy for grievances redressal and strict adherence to transparent and merit based decision making.