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Customs Court extends remand of suspect booked in mis-declaration

Customs Court extends remand of suspect booked in mis-declaration

KARACHI: The Customs Court extended physical remand of suspect Muhammad Waseem, proprietor of M/s Waseem Enterprises and sent him back to customs department, who was booked in a case of evasion of duties and taxes on import of high-end branded perfumes.

On November 20, 2018, investigation officer of Customs Appraisement East produced the above-mentioned suspect before the court along with First Information Report (FIR) and informed that the said suspects imported a consignment and declared as 224 Dec-Unit Deodorant Body Spray UAE branded value of $64/kg, 44 Dec-Dnit Eua De-Toilet Spray un-branded value of $102.272/kg, 248 liquid cleaner un-branded value of US$ 1.612/kg 2 Dec-Unit Air Freshener UAE branded value of US$37.7/kg.

He further submitted that during the examination, customs officials found the consignment as 1505 kilograms (net contents) assorted high-end branded perfumes of France/UK/USA origin etc, worth $82,790 as per Valuation Ruling No 861/2016 dated 06/6/2016 and evaded the duty and taxes to the tune of Rs13,660,350.

He said that duties and taxes evaded on the import of high-end branded perfumes through mis-declaration of description, quantity, brands, origin, and value in the grab of low priced toiletries.

Investigation officer stated that prosecution needs further investigations from arrested suspect namely Muhammad Waseem, therefore, the court may send him to physical remand, after the hearing, the court extended his physical remand and directed investigation officer to produce him on next date of hearing along with progress report.

According to the prosecution, the case was registered for violation of Section 32-A, 79, 121 and 192 of the Customs Act, 1969 punishable under Clauses 14-A, 43, 44, 45, 63 and 86 of section 156(1) ibid read with allied laws and procedure.