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Taxation
The tax directory issued by the Federal Board of Revenue for Tax Year 2016 Friday revealed the names of top corporate tax payers that include Habib Bank Limited with a tax payment of Rs 16,472,959,641 and MCB Bank Limited with tax of Rs 16,167,692,367.

Among other top taxpayers, Askari Bank Limited paid a tax of Rs 2,506,734,555; Bank Alfalah Limited, Rs 4,171,355,730; Bank Al-Habib Limited, Rs 4,808,736,856; and Citibank NA paid Rs 1,445,692,689. Oil and Gas Development Company Limited paid a tax of Rs 5,653,907,312 during Tax Year 2016, according to the Tax Directory. In Tax Year 2015, OGDCL paid a tax of Rs 26,078,834,683.

Government Holdings (Private) Limited paid a tax of Rs 7,966,293,553; United Bank Limited, Rs 15,229,592,584 and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited paid Rs 1,119,585,534.

The list of the Tax Directory also revealed that Allied Bank Limited paid a tax of Rs 8,878,598,356; Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited Rs 3,246,228,837; Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited, Rs 4,973,665,581; Askari Bank Limited – Rs 2,506,734,555; Meezan Bank Limited – Rs 1,664,172,843; National Bank of Pakistan – Rs 7,050,267,633 and Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited – Rs 4,253,341,125.

Other banks’ tax payments for Tax Year 2016 revealed that Faysal Bank Limited paid Rs 1,689,827,066; Sindh Bank Limited Rs 1,798,378,146; Soneri Bank Limited Rs 1,556,220,853 and Bank of Khyber paid a tax of Rs 1,100,112,382. According to the Tax Directory, United Energy Pakistan Limited paid a tax of Rs 4,631,593,637; Kot Addu Power Company Limited Rs 5,029,463,163; Pak-Arab Refinery Limited – Rs 10,362,083,550; Pakistan State Oil Company Limited – Rs 8,161,506,413; Attock Petroleum Limited Rs 1,860,574,659 and National Refinery Limited Rs 2,090,689,885.

The Tax Directory further revealed that Indus Motor Company Limited paid a tax of Rs 5,480,721,398; Kohat Cement Company Limited Rs 1,309,476,306; Lucky Cement Limited Rs 4,545,210,368; Bestway Cement Limited Rs 3,019,808,350 and Askari Cement Limited paid tax of Rs 1,163,169,991.

Tax directory disclosed that Bestway Holdings Limited paid a tax of Rs 1,210,964,163; Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Rs 2,713,633,319; Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited Rs 1,105,730,276; Telenor Pakistan (Private) Limited, Rs 3,730,009,119; Pakistan Security Printing Corporation (Private) Limited Rs 1,242,095,877;

Pakistan Tobacco Company Limited Rs 3,313,571,101; Abbott Laboratories Pakistan Limited Rs 1,385,801,768; Aga Khan Fund For Economic Development SA, Rs 1,134,583,502; Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Private) Limited Rs 2,255,462,010; Kirthar Pakistan BV, Rs 2,020,509,169; Nestle Pakistan Limited Rs 4,033,532,504; Aga Khan Fund For Economic Development SA, Rs 1,134,583,502; Karachi International Container Terminal Limited Rs 1,641,197,600 and Pepsi-Cola International (Private) Limited paid Rs 2,140,634,758.

Other companies which are top tax paying companies included Orix Leasing Pakistan Limited which paid a tax of Rs 101,413,731 and Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited paid Rs 6,500,717,464.

According to the Tax Directory, Qasim International Container Terminal Pakistan Limited paid a tax of Rs 1,414,210,551; Rafhan Maize Products Company Limited paid Rs 1,532,510,048; Unilever Pakistan Limited Rs 3,101,941,539 and Tetra Pak (Pakistan) Limited Rs 2,429,340,522.
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Business, Taxation
Directorate General Customs Valuation (DGCV) on Friday revised the customs value of Aluminum utensils under section 25-A of the Customs Act, 1969. According to details, the Directorate earlier issued a valuation ruling 1060/2017 of Aluminum utensils under section 25A of the Customs Act 1969. Following the said valuation ruling, some importers have filed revision petition before the Director General under section 25D of the Act.

After hearing the petitioners, an order in revision was issued by the Director General of Customs Valuation Karachi under section 25D of the Customs Act. The case was remanded back to the Director of Customs valuation Karachi to conduct afresh investigation and issue a fresh valuation ruling for Chinese origin Aluminum non-stick kitchen ware with or without lid so that the value reflects properly the weight of the glass lid.

Accordingly, the Directorate General investigated and issued for glass lid separately through valuation ruling 1198/2017. Therefore the Directorate has initiated an exercise afresh for determination of custom values of Chinese origin Aluminum nonstick kitchenware with or without lids under section 25-A of the Customs Act 1969.

For the purpose, a meeting was scheduled with the importers on June 1, 2017 where the stakeholders were requested to submit the relevant documents in order to determine the value.

During the meeting, the importers were of the view that aluminum utensils with or without glass lid cannot be equated as the individual utensil without glass lid is more expensive as compared to those of utensils with glass lid.

However no corroborative documents have been submitted by the importers. All Pakistan Aluminum Utensils Manufacturing Association submitted that Chinese aluminum utensils are of high value and value may be determined as per international market trends.

The Directorate after adopting all relevant methods conducted a local market survey of the above mentioned goods. Later, all the information collected through relevant methods was evaluated and analyzed and then the customs value of aluminum utensils have been determined under section 25-A of the Act.

The said goods shall now be assessed to duty/taxes at new revised customs value, which are as follow: Aluminum component of non-stick kitchen ware (with/without lid) origin from China at USD 5.00/kg while the Chinese Aluminum cooking ware (simple/plane and anodized) at USD 3.50/kg.
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Taxation
Customs authorities at Benazir Bhutto International Airport Islamabad have seized huge quantities of antiques/artifacts from export consignment destined for Japan. According to details, the export consignment cleared vide GD # SICE-SB-20, dated 5.8.2017, (Sialkot International Container Terminal) filed by LEO’s Corporation, Al Rehman Centre, Defence Road, Sialkot, on behalf of exporter M/s B2B Traders, Sialkot, was reexamined. Contrary to the declaration as “decoration items” found valuable antiquities which have been confirmed by the Directorate General of Archaeology and Museums, Islamabad.

The consignment included; 10 items are counterfeit statues of the Buddha (Gandhara Art) and 06 items are original antiquities having Indo-Iranian influence of 2nd to 5th Century AD made of gold thin sheet (337 grams). All the said artifacts/ antiquities are banned under Section 24(2) and Section 35 of Antiquities Act, 1975. The consignment has been seized and FIR is being registered against the culprits. Further investigation is underway.
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Business, Taxation
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has included front cabin/half cut HTV/LTV/cars in the list of old and used items allowed for mutilation or scrapping. Sources told Business Recorder here on Saturday that the FBR Customs Law & Procedure Wing has issued SRO No. 771/(I)/2017 to amend Customs Rules, 2001.

They said that the FBR had allowed certain old and used items, if imported in serviceable condition along with the scrap consignments or imported separately as a scrap and found serviceable, may be allowed mutilation or scrapping, as the case may be, within the meanings of section 27A of the Customs Act. The items included pipes or tubes; bars or rods; sheets or strips, slabs, plates; beams, sections, channels or girders, used and pitted railway tracks; ship plates cutting of various sizes with rough edges and having welded joints and foils or films.

Through SRO No. 771/(I)/2017, now the FBR has also allowed “front cabin/half cut HTV/LTV/cars, with or without chassis number for which Master Bills of Lading were issued up to July 15, 2017” to include in the list of items of goods allowed for mutilation or scrapping.

Sources further said that under rule 593 of the Customs Rules, 2001, an importer or his agent (applicant) before filing the goods declaration shall make a request in writing to the assistant or deputy collector of Customs in respect of items specified in rule 592 for the mutilation or scrapping thereof. However, this requirement would not be applicable on mutilation or scrapping of “front cabin/half cut HTV/LTV/cars, with or without chassis number for which Master Bills of Lading were issued up to July 15, 2017.”

Following is the text of the SRO issued here on Friday: SRO # 771/(I)/2017.- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 219 of the Customs Act. 1969 (1V of 1969), the Federal Board of Revenue is pleased to direct that the following further amendment shall be made in the Customs Rules, 2001, namely:-

In the aforesaid rules,-

(1) in rule 592,-

(a) in clause(vi), the word “and”, at the end, shall be omitted; and

(b) in clause (vii), for the full stop at the end, a semi-colon and the word “;and” shall be substituted and thereafter the following new clause shall be added namely:

“(viii) front Cabin/half cut HTV/LTV/Cars, with or without chassis number for which Master Bills of Lading were issued up to 15th July, 2017.”; and

(2) in rule 593, for the full stop at the end, a colon shall be substituted and thereafter the following proviso shall be added, namely:-

“Provided that in respect of items mentioned at clause (viii) of rule 592, the requirement of this rule shall not apply.”
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Taxation
The Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation Inland Revenue (IR) has conducted seven successful raids and seized 13,490,000 sticks of illicit cigarettes in three different cities.

Sources told Business Recorder here on Saturday that the matter of growth in illicit trade of local branded cigarettes and the consequent loss of government revenue were always seriously taken by FBR. After taking over the charge of Director General I&I-IR, Shad Muhammad took up the mission of strengthening the country wide campaign against the curse of illicit trade of cigarettes.

The Directorate General has conducted seven successful raids and seized 13,490,000 sticks of illicit cigarettes in three different cities. According to sources, the newly established mobile squad of Directorate of Intelligence & Investigation-IR, Peshawar gathered information about storage of large quantity of counterfeit cigarettes in four godowns located at Chughal Pura, near Ring Road Bridge, Peshawar. Accordingly, a team authorized under Section 26 and 45 of Federal Excise Act, 2005 read with Rule 62 of the Federal Excise Rules, 2005 visited the aforementioned godowns on 10.08.2017. The godowns were unlocked and 800 cartons (8 million sticks approximately) of various brands including Gold Leaf, Red & White, Morven, Capstan, Gold Flake and Pine, etc, were taken into custody by the Directorate.

The Directorate of I&I-IR, Hyderabad, had conducted five raids at different places. First raid was conducted on 03.08.2017 at the premises of M/s Pardeep Mumar, Latif Abad, Hyderabad, and remaining raids were conducted on 10.08.2017. During first raid, 49 cartons (0.49 million sticks) of various brands of City, Platinum, Empire and ORIS were taken into custody from M/s Babu Rizwan Distribution, Badin. Second raid was conducted at M/s Aftab Memon Kiryana, Badin and 24 cartons (0.24 million sticks) of various brands including City, ORIS, Gold Mark and Mix were detained. Third raid was conducted at M/s Mir Saleem, Tando Muhammad Khan and 17 cartons (0.17 million sticks) of various brands including Leader, Sindhbad, Olympic, Hero, Bonus etc were detained. The fourth raid was conducted at M/s Ashraf Soomro, Tando Muhammad Khan and 8 carton (0.08 million sticks) of various brands including T20, National were taken into custody for further enquiry and verification. The Directorate of I&I-IR, Lahore has assisted RTO, Sialkot in exercise of Section 25 of Federal Excise Act, 2005 and Section 40 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990 to conduct a raid at a premises located at Kunjah Road on 02.08.2017. The combined team of RTO and Directorate seized four million 30 thousands sticks of Café, Medal Gold, County and M&J. Shad Muhammad has appreciated the efforts of his team.
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Taxation
Model Customs Collectorate (MCC), Preventive on Monday claimed to have confiscated five kilograms of gold and 24 thousand memory cards worth Rs 2.5 million from three passengers at Jinnah International Airport. According to Customs Spokesman Syed Muhammad Irfan Ali, the action was taken on a tipoff, which revealed that three passengers namely Muhammad Imran, Anila Imran and Maheen Patel were travelling to Karachi via flight EK-602.

Reacting on this information, all three passengers were intercepted at arrival and after their physical examination, five kilograms of gold worth Rs 20 million and 24 thousand memory cards worth Rs 2.5 million were recovered from their possession. The said confiscated goods were concealed by these passengers under their cloths. Consequent upon said recovery, all of them were taken into custody and further investigation was underway
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Taxation
A senior Member of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has been summoned by the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) to implement a key recommendation for framing a uniform policy for posting out all those officers whose tenure at a place, particularly at a native station, is more than an adequate period.

Sources told that earlier, the FTO ordered that FBR should frame a uniform policy for posting out all those officers and employees whose tenure at a place, particularly at a native station, is more than an adequate period to avoid malpractices and controversies which damage the performance of field formations and give a bad name to FBR.

When contacted tax lawyer Waheed Shahzad Butt, who is pursuing the matter of implementation told this correspondent that when supervisory officers like Chief Commissioner and Zonal Commissioners close their eyes to the assessing officer’s acts of Omissions/Commissions during assessment, such officials cannot justifiably say that their actions are in good faith. In this regard notice has been issued to the Member FBR which states “Whereas the hearing of the above noted implementation complaint has been fixed on 24.08.2017. Now therefore, you are required to appear on the date and time fixed afore-stated personally or through duly authorized attorney/advocate with all relevant records and witnesses you wish to produce for examination.

Order passed by FTO states “It has been claimed in the complaint that complaints were filed by the Complainant (Sajjad Ahmed Butt) against Shabir Hussain Maan, IRO, RTO, Sialkot in individual capacity and as AR of some taxpayers on the ground that IRO, being a local officer, had become biased and used his influence to transfer some tax cases to his nephews, who were also tax practitioners in the jurisdiction of RTO, Sialkot. Some other serious allegations of corruption and ownership of unlawful assets were also leveled by the Complainant against IRO, who has been allegedly serving in Sialkot for a long time. The complaints were filed against an IRO, RTO Sialkot, wherein Complainant has been insisting that the said IRO had developed likes and dislikes being a local officer who remained posted in Sialkot for a long time and that his brother also remained posted and retired as Administrative Officer in RTO Sialkot. It has further been alleged that the said IRO has developed strong connections for getting the cases of taxpayers transferred to his nephew who is also a tax consultant.

It is advisable that the FBR should frame a uniform policy for posting out all those officers and employees whose tenure at a place, particularly at a native station, is more than an adequate period to avoid malpractices and controversies which damage the performance of field formations and give a bad name to FBR. Such recommendations have been made by this office in various identical cases, including a case in complaint No 419/2004.

This decision was upheld in writ petition by the Lahore High Court, both in original judgment and in the judgment of Division Bench cited as Fareedullah Versus the FTO. A report in the matter be submitted by FBR within 30 days, the FTO ordered.
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Taxation
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has strictly advised taxpayers and general public not to send their bank account details and passwords to any e-mail received from any e-mail address that is apparently from the FBR. According to an FBR announcement here on Tuesday, the FBR has directed taxpayers to be aware of fraudulent e-mails – phishing scams.

The FBR informed the taxpayers that the FBR does not send e-mail requesting taxpayers PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts. The FBR said that there are numerous attempts by individuals and groups to solicit personal information from unsuspecting users by employing social engineering techniques. Various e-mails are crafted to appear as if they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. These emails often attempt to entice users to click on a link that will take the user to a fraudulent website that appears legitimate. The user then may be asked to provide personal information such as account, usernames and passwords, which can further expose them to future compromises.

Additionally, these fraudulent websites may contain malicious code. E-mails designed to obtain taxpayer’s banking information in lieu of facilitating a refund to the taxpayer or any other activity associated with an individual’s bank account are extremely dangerous with an intent to defraud the individual. The FBR strictly advises the taxpayers from disclosing any information, especially related to their bank accounts via these e-mails and associated links.

This is called phishing and it is used by identity thieves around the world, who misuse the online financial systems and deprive unsuspecting people of their money. Globally, phishing deprives people of around US $ 1 billion annually.

The FBR further said that email phishing refers to the act of creating and sending fraudulent or spoofed e-mails with the goal of obtaining sensitive financial and personal information. Under such schemes, e-mails are designed to look exactly like the ones that are sent by legitimate companies. Sophisticated phishing attacks use the e-mail addresses of people who are registered to use certain services. When those people receive e-mails that are supposed to be from those companies or institutions, they are more likely to trust them. Spoofed e-mails often contain links that lead to spoofed websites, where various methods are used to request and collect a person’s financial and personal information. Forms are occasionally contained within the e-mails themselves too.

The FBR cautioned the taxpayers that there are many signs of a phishing email. “The first thing that you should look at is the greeting. Does it use your actual name, or does it have a generic greeting? Look closely at the email’s header. What is the sender’s email address? These addresses are usually carefully designed to look authentic. By taking a very close look at them, though, you can usually see inconsistencies and things that don’t make sense. If possible, compare the sender’s email address to that of previous messages from the same company. If it’s a phishing email, you will notice things that don’t add up. The people often fall for these ruses because they are afraid of losing access to these important services. Both companies now offer extensive information on ways to avoid such phishing scams on their websites.” There is no simple way to completely avoid e-mail phishing attacks. “Sooner or later, someone is bound to send you a spoofed email. The easiest way to avoid these scams is by never clicking on links that are included in email messages. Make it a policy to always type in the URL of the site that you need to access manually. Upon arriving on the site, you will be able to confirm whether or not the message that you received was legitimate. If it’s a spoofed email, find out where to send it – most companies & institutions like to know about the scams that are going on out there.”

The FBR said, “Once you believe you have come across a phishing Page you should immediately report the concerned page to Google via the following link: https:// safebrowsing.google.com/safebrowsing/report_phish/?hl=en”

This will help to ensure that unsuspecting visitors & users are warned before they are duped in divulging sensitive information compromising their financial accounts and associated information.
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Business, Taxation
Large Taxpayer Unit (LTU) Lahore has sought legal guidance from the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on whether or not Super Tax under Section 4B of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 be imposed on ‘income’ in addition to 10 percent tax against ‘dividend’ alone offered by the non-resident beverage company under Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement (DTA).

Sources told Business Recorder here on Tuesday that the LTU Lahore has made a representation to the FBR on the levy of Super Tax u/s 4B of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 in the case of an international beverage company (non-resident company).

The LTU Lahore is of the view that dividend is an integral part of income for the purpose of levy of super tax. Since the dividend income as declared by the taxpayer exceeds the threshold of Rs 500 million, the taxpayer company is apparently liable to pay Super Tax @ 3% of the gross dividend. It is evident that super tax is chargeable against every person without any distinction of residential status as specified in section 80 of the Income Tax Ordinance.

According to the LTU Lahore, an international beverage company, a non-resident company incorporated in Netherlands, is assessed to tax in LTU Lahore. It has 99.96% shareholding of another beverage company (resident company). The taxpayer company has declared dividend income of Rs 5,250,000,000 received from Pakistani beverage company (resident company) for the tax year 2016 as its only source of income taxable in Pakistan against which it has paid income tax of Rs 525,000,000 at the rate of 10% of 7dividend under Division III of Part-I of the First Schedule to the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (Ordinance) read with the Convention between Netherlands and Pakistan for the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income ( DTA).

It is worth recalling that super tax for rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons was imposed through Finance Act, 2015 by insertion of Section 4B in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001, according to which every person having income of Rs 500 million and above is liable to pay the said tax. For facility of reference, subsection (1) of section 4B of the Ordinance is reproduced as under:

4B. Super tax for rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons.-

(1) A super tax shall be imposed for rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons, for tax years 2015 and 2016 at the rates specified in Division IIA of Part I of the First Schedule, on income of every person specified in the said Division. (underlined for emphasis.)

Division IIA of Part I of the First Schedule specifying the rate of super tax says: Division IIA Rates of super tax:

Banking company, rate of super tax is 4% of the income and person, other than a banking company, having income equal to or exceeding Rs 500 million, rate of super tax is 3% of the income.

From the said provisions of law, it is evident that super tax is chargeable against every person without any distinction of residential status as specified in section 80 of the Ordinance, LTU Lahore interpreted the law.

For the purpose of levy of super tax, the expression “income” of a person has specifically been defined in sub-section (2) of section 4B of the Ordinance in the following words:

“(2) For the purposes of this section, – income shall be the sum of the following:-

(i) profit on debt, dividend, capital gains, brokerage and commission;

(ii) taxable income (other than brought forward depreciation and brought forward business losses) under section (9) of this Ordinance, if not included in clause (i);

(iii) imputable income as defined in clause (28A) of section 2 excluding amounts specified in clause (i); and

(iv) income computed under Fourth, Fifth, Seventh and Eighth Schedules.

It thus follows that dividend is an integral part of income for the purpose of levy of super tax. Since the dividend income as declared by the taxpayer exceeds the threshold of Rs 500 (m), the taxpayer company is apparently liable to pay Super Tax @ 3 percent of the gross dividend which works out at Rs 157,500,000, the LTU Lahore said.

The issue has also been examined in the light of the DTA. As per clause 3(a) of Article 2 of the DTA, the Convention shall apply to the following taxes on income imposed on behalf of one of the states:

“3. The existing taxes to which the Convention shall apply are in particular:

(a) in the case of the Netherlands:

-de inkomstenbelasting (income tax),

-de loonbelasting (wages tax),

-de vennootschapsbelasting (company tax),

-de dividendbelasting (dividend tax)

(hereinafter referred to as “Netherlands tax”);

(b) in the case of Pakistan:

-the income tax,

-the super tax,

-the surcharge

(hereinafter referred to as “Pakistan tax”)

7. Article 10 of the Treaty provides chargeability of dividend income in the following words:

“Article 10”

Dividends: 1. Dividends paid by a company which is a resident of one of the States to a resident of the other State may be taxed in that other State.

2. However, such dividends may also be taxed in the State of which the company paying the dividends is a resident and according to the laws of that State, but if the recipient is the beneficial owner of the dividends the tax so charged shall not exceed:

(a) 10 percent of the gross amount of the dividends if the beneficial owner is a company (other than a partnership) which holds directly at least 25 percent of the capital of the company paying the dividends;

(b) 20 percent of the gross amount of the dividends in all other cases.

3. The provisions of paragraph 2 shall not affect the taxation of the company in respect of the profits out of which the dividends are paid.”

8. Further as per Final Protocol of the DTA the following provisions shall form part of the DTA:

IV Ad Article 10: The provisions of paragraph 2(a) of Article 10 shall not apply if the company which is a resident of the Netherlands suffers Netherlands company tax on the dividends which it receives from the company which is a resident of Pakistan. In such a case, the provisions of paragraph 2(b) of Article 10 shall apply.

The LTU Lahore said that in this case the taxpayer company has offered dividend income for tax @ 10 percent as per clause 2(a) above as it holds more than 99% shares of Pakistani company (resident beverage company). However, if it is held that paragraph 2(b) of Article 10 of the DTA is applicable in this case instead of paragraph 2(a), we can easily charge the super tax.

Guidance of the Board is solicited whether super tax under Section 4B of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 be imposed on “income” in addition to tax @ 10 percent against “dividend” alone offered by the non-resident company as per the DTA, LTU Lahore added.
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Business, Taxation
Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation (DGI&I)-FBR, Karachi has confiscated electronics goods worth Rs 166.15 million from a warehouse near Mai Kolachi Road Karachi.

Speaking at a press conference held at DGI&I, Karachi office here on Tuesday, Customs Intelligence officer Akmal Hashmi along with other officials said DGI&I-FBR HQs had received credible information, which revealed that K K Metal Industries Sambrial, Sailkot in association with customs bonded carrier Saif-ur-Rehman & Brothers (Pvt) Ltd, Karachi and others were involved in the misuse of transshipment facility to smuggle cell phones and other electronic goods under the garb of computer broken parts.

Reacting on the said information, the staff of ASO has intercepted a trailer bearing registration number TKB-682 on August 10, 2017 loaded with a 20ft container number PONU-0673711, near Mai Kolachi Road Karachi.

He said that at the time of interception, the shipper and customs seals were found broken and bonded goods were being off-loaded from the container to a mini truck bearing Registration Number KP-9342 under the supervision of trailer driver Adnan and Muhammad Junaid (local cargo carrier/agent), who was present on the spot in his private vehicle Honda Vezel jeep, bearing Registration Number BG-1072.

Moreover, he said that computer printout of transshipment permit produced by these persons revealed that the declared description in TP Goods Declaration as computer broken parts, weighing around 28.90 metric tons packed in two containers PONU-067371 and PCIU-8048660 imported by K K Metal Industries Sambrial, Sialkot. The said consignment was allowed transshipment by the MCC Appraisement (West) for Sambrial Dry Port through customs bonded carrier – Saif-ur-Rehman, Karachi.

During initial course of investigation, Adnan and Junaid disclosed that a substantial quantity of goods were removed from the container before interception and transported secretly at a private warehouse situated at third floor of Central Plaza, Marston Road, near Gul Plaza.

Consequently, the intercepted container PONU-0673711 loaded onto a trailer TKB-682, which was partially loaded in a mini truck and private Honda Vezel jeep including driver and agent, were escorted to the Directorate for conducting detailed examination of the goods to fulfill other legal formalities. Meanwhile, search of the private warehouse situated at Central Plaza was also conducted under section 163 of the Customs Act. 1969, which resulted in the recovery of huge quantity of foreign origin mobile phones (14493 pieces), LED TVs (76 pieces), satellite dish receivers (1708 pieces), Tablets (2282 pieces), Paint Markers (81600 pieces), etc worth Rs 166.15 million.

Later, both accused persons along with Rs 898,000 cash and 9mm pistol were taken into custody and legal proceedings have been initiated against them.
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