MCC Appraisement West seizes old & used vehicles imported on fake documents

KARACHI: Keeping in line with the directions of Member-Customs Tariq Huda and the Chief Collector of Customs Appraisement (South) Wajid Ali to curb the menace of mis-declarations and possible submission of fake documents for the clearance of old & used vehicles, Collector Appraisement (West), Karachi Tahir Qureshi tightened the controls and kept extra vigilance on the clearance of vehicles.

In this regard, Car Group of the Collectorate was directed to scrutinize and check the documents submitted for the clearance of old & used vehicles.

During scrutiny a credible information was received by the Collector of Customs Appraisement (West) that some unscrupulous elements are engaged in clearance of vehicles against submission of fake Proceed Realization Certificates (PRCs)/ Encashment Certificates as required by Import Policy Order to be fulfilled for the import of old and used vehicles by overseas Pakistanis availing baggage/transfer of residence and gift schemes.

The selected PRCs which were submitted by the customs agents and duly verified by the relevant bank branches were checked again and found “fake”.

The preliminary inquiry into the matter has revealed that accused importers in connivance with representative/proprietor of customs agents and others, involved in abetting, facilitating and association in preparing fake PRCs and their subsequent verification letters are involved in the clearance of vehicles on fake documents.

The relevant record i.e. original PRCs, letters submitted by customs agents for verification, earlier verification replies of banks, verification replies of head office of banks were seized.

The used vehicles including one Nissan Clipper, one Toyota Vitz, one Toyota Passo and two Suzuki Every Vans were also seized.

The market value of the seized vehicles is approximately Rs10 million.

The role of bank staff with reference to issuance and verification of fake PRCs/Encashment Certificate and other facilitators/abettors is also being determined.   

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One Comment

  1. Haider Bukhari

    Assalam o Alaikum,

    Dear Admin, here i want to ask a query that if appraising officers from their top management are directed to stop the work in light of the case of fake documents submitted like PRC’s by some agents, why all overseas people have to face difficulty in clearing their respective vehicle.

    And above of all this from now onwards due to this new directions from high officials which will result in increase investigation time and due to this it will also increase time in search of fake documents which will be dependent on bank verification time, why a person who is an overseas pakistani would have to pay panelties like late charges in shape of wharfage and demurrage??

    Who will compensate these charges???

    Management of KPT and Pakistan Customs should take initiative at their end and take responsibility not to charge panelties like wharfage and demurrage or wave-off the charges while investigation is on going.

    These department should give directions to the government officials and private land holders of KPT not to charge a single penny to the on going cases being hold for investigation process from bank.

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