Pakistan Customs investigating role of officials in phone smuggling

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KARACHI: Pakistan Customs is investigating role of officials posted at gate out in clearance of huge quantity of mobile phones without payment of duty and taxes, sources said.
Sources in Customs Intelligence and Investigation said that it had recovered huge quantity of mobile phones, which were cleared in the garb of LED lights, with intention to deprive the national exchequer from its due revenue.
The sources said that about four such containers were identified by the customs authorities, which were carrying mobile phones but one container was intercepted by the Preventive Collectorate, Karachi, while three other containers were remained unattended.
All the four containers were cleared by Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Appraisement – West availing the green channel facility.
The sources said that although the importers got cleared the consignments through green channel but it was final responsibility of preventive staff to allow gate out the consignments.
The sources said that the weight of LED lights is much lighter than mobile phones and it was surprised that preventive staff despite weighing the containers could not ascertain the thing inside the containers.
In one of the FIRs lodged by the customs intelligence mentioned that it would ascertain the role of customs officials in the smuggling of huge quantity of mobile phones.
According to the FIR the customs intelligence recovered 78,000 mobile phone sets valuing Rs662 million, in which Rs159.52 million were involved. The importers evaded customs duty at Rs250/set, regulatory duty Rs250/set, sales tax at Rs1,500/set and Rs650/set and income tax at 6 percent.

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