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Customs Adjudication declares seizure of non-duty paid vehicle legal

Customs Adjudication declares seizure of non-duty paid vehicle legal

MULTAN: Collectorate of Customs Adjudication Multan Camp Office Additional Collector Talib Hussain has issued Order-in-Original to confiscate smuggled Toyota Fielder car.

According to details, Additional Collector Customs Adjudication issued Order-in-Original (ONO) no. 461/2018 while hearing a case against the owner of non-duty paid Noor Muhammad Ahmed son of Saim Buksh, a resident of Khairpur. Customs Intelligence and Investigation framed seizure case against Noor Muhammad after seizing vehicle from Sadiqabad.

Sadiqabad Intelligence Unit of Customs intercepted a Toyota Fielder car bearing registration no: AVW-642/Sindh, model 2002.

The driver of the vehicle introduced himself as Noor Muhammad Munir son of Saim Buksh during the action of Customs Intelligence team. Customs Intelligence Unit of Sadiqabad asked him to produce documents relating to this vehicle but he could not produce any evidence in this regard. Therefore the foreign origin Toyota car was detained under Section 2kk and 17 of the Customs Act 1969 read with section 3(1) of the Import and Export Act 1950 punishable under Section 156(1) 89 of the Customs Act 1969.

Customs Adjudication issued a show cause notice to the accused for submitting the response in the said seizure by asking him that why the seized vehicle should not be confiscated under aforementioned provisions of law.

Inspector Muhammad Umar appeared from the prosecution side and asserted that seized car falls in the ambit of Section 2(s) of the Customs Act 1969 while owner also appeared in the adjudication department and stated that seized vehicle was purchased by the respondents from a car dealer.

But, the respondent failed to produce any valid documentary evidence regarding the lawful import of the seized car, so the adjudication authority ordered to confiscate the smuggled vehicle. The value of the confiscated vehicle was Rs2 million involving duty and taxes of Rs1.5 million.