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‘Govt should stop blackmailing of Maersk, QICT to facilitate genuine importers’

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MULTAN: The government should regulate all shipping companies to stop them from demanding illegal demurrage and detention charges from importers on clearance of shipments. Blackmailing of shipping companies especially M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and M/s Qasim International Container terminal (QICT) is portraying negative image of the country. It was stated by Chairman All Pakistan Power Looms Association (APPLA) Abdul Khaliq Qandeel Ansari ... Read More »

Adjudication seeks Customs Pole Funds from FBR for smooth functioning: Shahnaz Maqbool

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ISLAMABAD: Collector Adjudication Shahnaz Maqbool has said that she has asked Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to release Customs Pole Funds (CPF) because Adjudication department had insufficient funds to run the Collectorate. She was addressing a farewell party in honor of two retired inspectors Muhammad Saleem and Muhammad Azhar. Talking on the occasion the Collector appreciated services of both of ... Read More »

FBR transfers 9 Principal Appraisers, 49 Appraising Officers

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue has transferred/posted 58 Customs officials including 9 Principal Appraisers and 49 Appraising Officers with immediate effect and until further orders. Principal Appraisers who are transferred include: Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Asad Aleem, Ashfaq Ahmad Khan, Ali Ahmad Talpur, Nasrullah Jamali, Nadeem Hussain Bhutto, Shafiuallah, Asad Masood and Abdul Qayoom. Read More »

NAB authorises inquiry against Maersk, QICT, SRB in multi-billion scam case

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has authorised inquiry against officials of Sindh Revenue Board, QICT and M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd in country’s biggest shipping scandal involving 400 billion rupees. The NAB received the complaint with subject: Building dams by recovering losses of more than Rs 400 billion from officials of port terminals like Qasim International Container Terminal (QICT) ... Read More »

British firms must consider Transitional Simplified Procedures for Brexit

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British businesses importing goods from the EU should consider applying for and using Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) to prepare for Brexit and avoid huge delays at ports, regardless of the outcome of current negotiations, a leading expert from The Customs People warns. HMRC unveiled the procedures in February and said they will make it easier for businesses to import goods ... Read More »

Govt should take action against Maersk, QICT for charging illegal demurrage & detention charges: Nasir Hameed

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LAHORE: PIAF Vice Chairman Nasir Hameed Khan said shipping lines and terminal operator including M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and M/s QICT  are taking illegal demurrage and detention charges from genuine importers, violating the set Customs rules and laws While talking to Customs Today, he said that the Govt, Shipping Ministry and Customs Department are not properly regulating these shipping ... Read More »

Illegal demurrage & detention charges by Maerks creating hurdles for importers: Faheem Saigal

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LAHORE: The illegal demurrage and detention charges by the shipping lines including M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and terminal operator QICT have added to the per unit cost as they have no set criterion and worst is that the customs department and the government are never interested in regulating the shipping lines. This was stated by Lahore Chamber of Commerce and ... Read More »

FBR transfers 43 BS-20, one Grade-19 officials of Pakistan Customs Service

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue issued notification for transfers and posting of 44 officials of (BS-19-20) with immediate effect and until further orders:- Transferred officials of Grade-20 include Muhammad Iqbal Bhawana, Faiz Ahmad, Fareed Iqbal Qureshi, Ahmed Reza Khan, Wajid Ali, Shahnaz Maqbool, Ahmad Rauf, Seema Raza Bokhari, Asif Saeed Khan, M. Saeed Khan, Ashhad Jawwad, M Adnan Akram, ... Read More »

FBR promotes 8 Grade-20, 14 Grade-19 officials of Pakistan Customs Service

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue has promoted eight Grade-20 officials of Pakistan Customs Service to Grade-21 and 14 officials of Grade-19 to Grade-20 today. According to the notification, Grade-20 officials who are promoted include: 1-Syed Tanveed Ahmad 2. Arslan Subuctageen 3. Agha Shahid Majeed Khan 4. Mukarram Jah Ansari 5. Qurban Ali Khan 6. Asif Mahmood Jah 7. Abdul Basit ... Read More »

NAB asked to probe Maersk Pakistan, PIL in multi-billion demurrage & detention scam

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KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has received an application against M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and also against Pacific International Lines (PIL) and its agents in Pakistan, M/s Pacific Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd in a mega scam of demurrage and detention worth billions. The complaint received by the NAB demanded legal action for recoveries of amounts looted and recovering ... Read More »

Customs Today reports set off alarm bells at PM Office, Hammad Azhar takes notice of green channel mega scam

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ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Revenue Hammad Azhar, taking notice of the sheer misuse of Customs green channel facility extensively reported by Customs Today, has directed FBR Chairman Jahanzeb Khan to probe the issue and report back to him. According to details, Hammad Azhar asked the FBR to give him comprehensive presentation on working of Green Channel at Karachi ports and ... Read More »

SC should constitute high-level JIT similar to Panama case to probe Maersk sales tax evasion: Imran Ghazi

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MULTAN: The Supreme Court of Pakistan should constitute a high level Joint Investigation Team (JIT) similar to Panama case for probing mega sales tax fraud of M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd. Pakistan’s biggest ever fraud of sales tax revealed by Customs Today against M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd should be investigated appropriately for recovery of robbed amount. It was stated ... Read More »

Sales tax mega scandal: SRB Commissioner vows stern action against Maersk Line

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KARACHI: Commissioner Operations Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) Mohammad Amir said that stern action would be taken against M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd after completion of audit by the Board as it is found that the company ‘evaded’ sales tax on services worth billions of rupees. Talking exclusively with Customs Today, Amir said that the Board will definitely issue a show ... Read More »

MUJ expresses deep concerns over threats being hurled to journalists for highlighting Maersk mega scam

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MULTAN: Multan Union of Journalist (MUJ) expressed deep concerns over threats being hurled to journalists and media houses for highlighting alleged mega scam by Maersk Line for charging exorbitant demurrage and detention charges from importers on clearance of their shipments. This was stated by President Multan Union of Journalist Abdul Rauf Maan in an exclusive interview with Customs Today the other day. He told ... Read More »

Maersk ban, Member Customs takes notice of blackmailing by shipping lines

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ISLAMABAD: Amid reports of ban on Maersk shipping line as Model Customs Collectorate of Preventive, Karachi issued a notice to M/s Maersk Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and started the process to cancel license of the company for sheer violation of the Customs Act 1969 and SRO 1220(I)/2015, Member Customs Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Muhammad Zahid Khohar has also taken up ... Read More »

QICT puts nation at risk, auctions 400 containers of dangerous PVC scrap

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KARACHI: Pakistan Customs auctioned 400 containers of banned hazardous plastic scrap  including used shopping bags and PVC pipes of sewerage lines instead of dumping them. Sources said ban is imposed on import of unhygienic plastic scrap but some importers imported consignments of this scrap and tried to clear it through mis-declaration as different collectorates of Customs stopped clearance of these ... Read More »

FBR Member Sarwat Tahira Habib transferred and posted as FTO

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Member Legal & Accounting-Customs Sarwat Tahira Habib has been transferred and posted as Federal Tax Ombudsman. Sources told Customs Today that former chairperson FBR Rukhsana Yasmin had recommended Sarwat Tahira Habib for the post of Member Customs but Election Commission of Pakistan rejected transfers and postings in Pakistan Customs due to general elections 2018. ... Read More »

New Risk Management System should be introduced for transparent use of green channel facility: Collector Sadiqullah

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ISLAMABAD: Collector Adjudication Dr Sadiqullah Khan has proposed that a new Risk Management System should be introduced for transparent use of green channel facility. Reforms should also be introduced in management and human resource development system. Collector Dr Sadiqullah expressed these views during an exclusive interview with Customs Today. He said that list of Afghan Transit Trade should be reviewed. “If we ... Read More »

NAB, FIA asked to probe lappoos set up by Abdul Rauf, Sohail Shams, Haleem Siddiqui in detention mega scandal

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KARACHI: A mega scam of Rs 15 billion is unearthed where customs staff in connivance with shipping companies, their agents and terminal operator including Evergreen Line, Greenpak Shipping, United Marine Agencies, KMTC and PICT purposely delay the clearances of imported goods. Sources said Customs staff made a strong nexus with Deputy MD of Greenpak Abdul Rauf, CEO of United Marine ... Read More »

After Customs Today unearthed green channel scam of billions, Customs starts de-listing importers from facility

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KARACHI: A number of importers have reportedly been de-listed from ”Green Channel” facility by the Federal Board of Revenue’s Directorate Reforms and Automation (DR&A). Sources said that the de-listed importers have been barred from clearing their consignments through examination. The importers have approached the Directorate through written letters and sought the reason of their abrupt de-listing from Green Channel. They ... Read More »