Lahore based imported booked for importing banned goods, revenue evasion

LAHORE: I&P Cell of Customs Appraisement Lahore has lodged two FIRs against S.F.H Enterprises Lahore for attempting to clear banned items as well as high-value items in the garb of miscellaneous electronics goods and mechanical items. If cleared, this would have caused a loss of Rs13.3 million to the national exchequer. Moreover, banned items would have found their way into the country.

On the directives of Chief Collector Appraisement Central Faiz Ahmed, Collector Lahore Mirza Mubashir Beg has advised his team to keep strict vigilance and monitoring to avoid incidents of mis-declaration and under-invoicing.

According to details, S.F.H Enterprises imported two consignments and filed Transshipment Permit (TP) for Dry Port Mughal Pura Lahore. The importer had declared the goods to be microphone wires, audio mixers, LED lights, speakers, soldering iron, screw drivers, submersible motors etc.

However, on examination several un-declared goods including auto parts, mainboard satellite receivers, chandelier and pyrotechnic fireworks.

Import of fireworks and satellite receivers are prohibited to be imported sans certain NOCs and permissions. S.F.H Enterprises, Lahore intentionally mis-declared the imported goods to hoodwink authorities and evade government revenue as well as clear banned items.

The evaded duty and taxes on these consignments comes to Rs13.3 million.

On the instructions of Member Customs Tariq Huda, Customs Appraisement has launched a country-wide crackdown against mis-declaration, under-invoicing etc.

Tariq Huda has posted highly reputed and competent officers to make the campaign effective and discourage undocumented imports through mis-declaration and under-invoicing to ease pressure on the country’s resources.

An official said Faiz Ahmed is a high profile officer having experience of both Appraisement and enforcement.

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