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Customs Port Qasim seeks information about importer of acetic anhydride

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KARACHI:  The Customs Port Qasim Appraisement has sought information regarding the I-Form and ID number of importer of “acetic anhydride” from Peshawar Collectorate because now there is only one slue left for customs officials to trace the culprits who tried to smuggle duel purposed chemical from Poland after the documented importer company surfaced to be fake. The Custom authorities found ... Read More »

Four appraising officers of Port Qasim involved in illegal clearance of synthesize mint oil & flavor

PA Ibrahim Khan at R&D Port Qasim blackmailing importers copy

KARACHI: At least four appraisers of Port Qasim are found to be involved in clearing menthol illegally under the garb of synthesize mint oil and flavor. A reliable source told Customs Today that as the investigations proceeded in this mega scandal of tax evasion, the officials have come to know that an importer using different names has succeeded in clearing ... Read More »

Port Qasim authorities broaden probe into acetic anhydride smuggling case


KARACHI: On the directions of Chief Collector South Abdul Rasheed Shaikh, the Customs Port Qasim has sought information about the importers and relevant details to broaden the investigations into the shipping company M/s MSC in acetic anhydride smuggling scam, Customs Today has learnt. According to the details, the Customs Investigation Unit (CIU) of Port Qasim Collectorate has taken this initiative ... Read More »

Customs Port Qasim contacts Poland to detect suspects behind smuggling of Acetic Anhydride

Ihsan Shah

KARACHI: Collectorate of Port Qasim has approached the officials of Poland to seek assistance to trace out the actual culprits involved in the smuggling of dual purpose chemical Acetic Anhydride which is used to make heroine, explosives and bombs. Deputy Collector, Port Mohammad Bin Qasim, Ihsanullah Shah told Customs Today that the consignment was shipped from Poland under description of ... Read More »

Customs Preventive seeks approval for action against diplomatic staff involved in tax evasion


KARACHI: The Collectorate of Customs Preventive has written a letter to the Interior Ministry through the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), seeking an appropriate action and initiation of an inquiry against a staff member of an embassy whose name was used to evade customs duties and taxes. In the meantime, officials of customs preventive have started probe against the examiner ... Read More »

Collector Saeed orders investigations into mega scandal of duties, tax evasion


KARACHI: The Customs authorities have unearthed a mega scandal of duties and tax evasion in which a racket smuggled hundreds of tons menthol under the garb of synthesize mint oil and flavor, Customs Today has learnt. Sources said that Chief Collector Collectorate Appraisement South Abdul Rasheed Shaikh and Collector MCC Port Qasim Saeed Akram came to know that a network ... Read More »

Customs Port Qasim unearths tax evasion of Rs 5.4m by M/s Malik Steel Re-Rolling Mills

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KARACHI:  Collectorate of Customs Port Qasim has registered a case against a prominent steel company for evading over Rs 5 million taxes and duties and defrauding the government in import of scrap, Customs Today has learnt through sources. According to the information received from Port Qasim, Collector Saeed Akram received information that M/s Malik Steel Re-Rolling Mills, Mominpura, Lahore imported ... Read More »

NAB starts probe of missing cheques scam from Port Qasim

NAB chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal

KARACHI: The National Accountability Bauru (NAB) has initiated an investigation against the officials of the Guaranty Department of Model Custom Collectorate of Port Qasim after the security bonds cheques worth over Rs 10 million were found missing from the official record. Sources told Customs Today that it was reported to the NAB’s officials that the cheques were submitted by an ... Read More »

FIA starts probe against corrupt officials of Customs I&I


KARACHI: FIA has sought last ten year’s record of Custom Intelligence for the investigation against the corrupt officers and officials of Custom Intelligence & Investigation. According to the obtained information one more example of Customs Intelligence officers has surfaced when Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has initiated investigation against the corrupt officers of Custom Intelligence & Investigation Directorate (I&I) who sold ... Read More »

Corruption in import of betel nuts: Member Customs Zahid Khokhar directs to implement policy


KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Member Customs Zahid Khokhar has urged all Model Customs Colletorates to fully implement the import policy with regard to the import of betel nuts. Khokhar told Customs Today that in the new policy, issued by Ministry of Commerce; it is mandatory for importers and their clearing agents to submit health certificates of all the ... Read More »

34 importers caused Rs24b loss in nine years through transit permits pilferage fraud

Containers are seen at Naples harbour

KARACHI: As many as 34 importers evaded taxes and duties worth Rs 24 billion in nine years from 2005 to 2014 through Transit Permits pilferage fraud. Customs Today has revealed this mega scam of tax evasion which could be one of the biggest in the customs history of the country. According to the relevant documents, hundreds of consignments were imported ... Read More »

FIA starts probe against importers involved in tax evasion through mis-declaration


KARACHI: On the directions of Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Sindh, the Anti-Corruption Circle of FIA Karachi has initiated an inquiry regarding evasion of tax by various importers through mis-declaration in connivance with the clearing, forwarding agents and some of customs officers, causing huge financial loss to the government’s exchequer. The spokesperson of FIA Sindh Ahsan Ali Khoso informed Customs ... Read More »

Customs JIT finalises report of mega scam of kerosene oil smuggling

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KARACHI: A Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has finalized its report with regard to the smuggling of kerosene oil (HS code 2710.1911) in garb of white spirit (HS code 2710.1240). Sources informed Customs Today that the report will be submitted to the Ministry of Commerce and the FBR chairman since the Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation -FBR (Customs Enforcement), Karachi had ... Read More »

Monitoring of green channels increased on Member Customs Zahid Khokhar’s directions


KARACHI:  On the directions of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Member Customs Zahid Khokhar, the Customs authorities have increased the monitoring of green channel facility and prohibited the goods declarations filed by self IDs, sources said. The authorities declared the involvement of clearing agents compulsory in the process of clearance of the consignments for importers rather than filing the goods ... Read More »

Collector Saeed orders registration of cases against appraising officers involved in tax evasion


KARACHI: Collector of Customs Port Qasim Saeed Akram has ordered registration of cases against 10 suspects who were allegedly involved in tax evasion, including four appraising officers, sources said. However, the process of filing the first information report was delayed because the importers and clearing agents, involved in the case, filed a petition in the court against the custom officials, ... Read More »

Collector Ashad Jawad removes Examining Officer Chaudhary Asghar from PICT on corruption charges


KARACHI: Collector Customs Appraisement East Ashad Jawad has taken strict action against Examining Officer Chaudhary Asghar and removed him from Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) on the charges of corruption. Sources informed Customs Today that Collector Jawad received reports about misconduct and corruption at PICT and took immediate action. According to sources, a racket comprising on Examining Officer Chaudhry Asghar and ... Read More »

Customs I&I recovers import record, functional billing of M/s Digicom

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KARACHI: Teams of Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) have raided main office of M/s Digicom (Private) Limited situated at Forum Shopping Centre in Clifton area and recovered import record of the company as well as functional billing and payments, source said. Source from I&I told Customs Today that after the submission of interim charge sheet against the company ... Read More »

NAB KPK starts probe against M/s E-Movers involved in pilferage scam


KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has launched a probe against the importers and bonded careers, including M/s E-Movers Limited, for their alleged involvement in a pilferage scam while transporting consignments from Karachi to Peshawar Dry Port. The company of Chief Collector South’s brother is also included in the list and the radar of NAB scrutinizing its ... Read More »

Banned Indian gray fabrics being imported via UAE, China


KARACHI: The importers of banned Indian gray fabrics have changed their way to hoodwink the customs officials to avail FTA benefits illegally, Customs Today has learnt by a senior official of the Pakistan Customs. The consignments of Indian gray fabrics are sent to UAE and then are imported through the Chinese ports. The importers then file original Billing of Landing ... Read More »

Collector Saeed orders new inquiry against Appraiser Naeem Khan


KARACHI: Collector Port Qasim Appraisement Saeed Akram has initiated an inquiry against Appraising Officer Naeem Khan of the group seven on the allegations of harassing importers for taking bribe and getting himself deputed at Port Qasim on extra-long deputation. Talking to Customs Today, Collector Saeed Akram said that he had already directed the officials concerned to check the matter on ... Read More »