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FBR recovers Rs1.35b from National Insurance Company Limited after attaching bank accounts

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KARACHI: In a big development on the last day of the year, the Large Tex Prayers Unit (LTU) on direction of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) directed Habib Bank Limited to freeze the bank accounts of National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) and recovered Rs1.25 billion in terms of federal excise duty (FED) and taxes. According to documents received by Customs ... Read More »

Customs Preventive foils bid to smuggle betel nuts near Shershah Road


KARACHI: Officials of the Customs Preventive foiled a major attempt of smuggling and recovered a huge cache of betel nuts on Saturday. According to a Customs spokesperson, Anti-Smuggling Organization (ASO) of Customs Collectorate Preventive, on a credible information passed by Chief Collector (Enforcement South) Manzoor Hussain Memon, to Collector Preventive Dr Iftikhar Ahmad, formed a team under the supervision of ADC (Headquarter-I),  ... Read More »

Alleged smugglers threaten inspector to back off from investigations or face consequences


KARACHI: A customs inspector has been threatened by smugglers to back off from investigations in transshipment containers scandal case. Mian Mohammad Yaseen, a customs inspector, has lodged a first information report against one Jamshaid Iqbal in Johar Town police station, Lahore. According to the FIR, Mian Mohammad Yaseen stated that he was sitting in his home with family when his ... Read More »

Customs unearths racket of betel nuts smugglers

betel nut

KARACHI: The Pakistan Customs has unearthed a racket of betel nuts smugglers who got cleared the consignments of betel nuts under the garb of iron and steel coils. At least four Karachi-based traders were using importers of other cities for smuggling of betel nuts as the legal import of betel nuts had been subjected to completion of necessary documentation and ... Read More »

Betel nuts smuggling case: Name of M/s Ahmed Packages included in FIR


KARACHI: A Lahore-based company, M/s Ahmed Packages, is allegedly found to be involved in smuggling of betel nuts by misusing the facility of TP Containers. Sources told Customs Today that the customs authorities have included the name of the company in the FIR number 2/2018 along with two other companies, M/s Sky Shipping Line and M/s Arose Transport and Logistics, ... Read More »

FIA shortlists 54 multinational companies allegedly involved in tax evasion of Rs 3,800 million


KARACHI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has shortlisted 54 multinational companies, mainly from oil and gas sector, which allegedly evaded nearly Rs 3,800 million taxes and duties by re-exporting their equipment and consignments. These frauds and tax evasion have been done by misusing the benefit of SRO-678(I) 2004 presenting forged and fake corporate guarantees for customs clearance. Sources told Customs ... Read More »

Appraisement East foils another attempt to smuggle betel nuts worth Rs 65m


KARACHI: The second consignment of the smuggled betel nuts has been intercepted by the Customs Appraisement East Karachi within the last five days as R&D team of Appraisement East has seized 25.250 MT betel nuts smuggled by the Lahore based company under the garb of galvanized plain sheets. After introduction of additional health and safety requirements by the government on ... Read More »

Customs Preventive detains six containers of betel nuts cleared through Green Channel

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

KARACH: The scam of misusing the Green Channel at Appraisement Port Qasim was once again proved on Wednesday when Pakistan Customs Preventive’s team raided a godown in Korangi Industrial area in Karachi and confiscated six containers filled with smuggled betel nuts which were cleared under the garb of scrap from Port Qasim. Qamar Thallo, spokesperson for Pakistan Customs Preventive, told Customs ... Read More »

Customs Port Qasim seeks information about importer of acetic anhydride

Customs Port Qasim collects Rs 22 35b during first 18 days of July 2017 copy

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 »