KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Member Customs Mohammad Zahid Khokhar directed all the collectors to keep an eye over the GDs being filed on daily basis in Green Channel. Nearly half of the importers likely to be eliminated from green channel till the end of this year, it learnt here.
Sources told Customs Today that these directions came from Member Customs Mohammad Zahid Khokhar after two separate reports have been sent to him by Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation (I&I) and Collectorate of Customs Preventive comprising on the evidences and facts surfaced in ongoing investigations against M/s Digicom who smuggled Q-Mobiles worth over Rs1.5 billion under the garb of LED Lights thorough green channel and soon after this scam one other importer namely M/s KM Steel was booked in a FIR registered by Port Qasim Collectorate for Rs23 million tax evasion by misusing the green channel facility in last week.
Member Customs Zahid Khokhar directed all collectors to keep an eye over the GDs are being filed on daily basis in Green Channel while he further directed them to eradicate suspicious importers from Green Channel to keep an control over the opportunities of smuggling and tax evasion.
These directions have been implemented and are being followed by the customs officials from Monday at all the collectorates.
An official concerned, told the that four members team posted at every Collectorate is working for rechecking and scrutinizing the GDs filed by the importers into the Green Channel on daily bases to ensure that no suspicious record holder company or tax evader could take the illegal benefits from Green Channel.
They are also working to eliminate the bad reputed importers and companies from Green Channel list for this purpose they are checking the past record of importers expectedly nearly half of the importers likely to be eliminated from green channel till the end of this year.