Customs seize goods worth Rs1.2bn in 9 months

KARACHI: Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigation Karachi Region during the first 6 months of F.Y 2014-15 has seized smuggled goods worth more than Rs.1.2 billion and arrested more than 60 persons involved in smuggling. FIRs against them have been lodged in the relevant courts, says a release.

The operations were conducted in different areas of province of Sindh including Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Rohri etc.

Disclosing this Director Customs Intelligence Mohammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui aid that smuggled goods include 366,000 liters Iranian diesel, 10 tons of Hashish, 250,000 meter foreign cloth, seven thousand bottles of foreign whisky, huge quantity of foreign origin smuggled cigarettes, tyres, tiles and electronic goods etc.

During the same period of F.Y 2013-14 smuggled goods worth Rs.22 crores were seized which shows a substantial improvement of 434% in the performance of Customs Intelligence Karachi during the current F.Y so far in the area of smuggling. Operation against smuggling was conducted in line with the Anti-smuggling Strategy of FBR and also on the directions of Director General Mr. Lutfullah Virk.

Law enforcement agencies including Pakistan Rangers Sindh, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and Sindh Police greatly assisted Customs Intelligence and their roles was much appreciated by the Director.

To a query, the director said that during the same period Customs Intelligence Karachi unearthed tax evasion of more than Rs.3 billion at import stage from Karachi Port, Port Qasim and Airport several persons involved in tax evasion were also arrested and cases for recovery of evaded taxes and duties were referred to the Adjudicating Authorities.

Director added that during the first 6 months of F.Y 2013-14 tax evasion of Rs.79 crore was detected. This shows record improvement of 423% in the performance of Customs Intelligence Karachi in the detection of evasion of duty and taxes during the first 6 months of F.Y. 2014-15. Revenue of Rs.249 million was also realized during this period through auction of confiscated goods and other measures which is 249% more than the revenue of Rs.62 million realized during the same period of F.Y year 2013-14.

Director concluded that despite shortage of manpower and other resources, Customs Intelligence could continue to play its role in controlling the menace of smuggling and foiling the attempts to evade duty and taxes for which instructions have been issued to all the officers/officials of Customs Intelligence Karachi, Sukkur and Hyderabad.

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