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Customs Court approves charge sheet against M/s Essa Steel and others

Customs Court approves charge sheet against M/s Essa Steel and others

KARACHI: The Customs Court approved interim charge sheet against Essa Farooq of M/s Essa Steel, who was booked in a case of evasion of duty and taxes by mis-using and illegally claiming SRO655(1)/2006 dated June 22, 2006.
On 21 December 2019, investigation officer submitted charge sheet and informed the court that in pursuance of the information the documents relating to the consignments of steel sheet coils imported by the above mentioned importer is involved in the evasion of duty and taxes by mis-using SRO 566(1)/2006 by the way of clearing steel sheets in coils on concessionary rate of customs duty @1% instead of customs duty @20 percent.
He further submitted that it is observed that out of 7 into-bond GDs, the description in 3 GDs differs with the description as per invoice, packing list and bill of lading, size of the steel sheet coils in 6 GDs does not match with the size allowed by the engineering development board (EDB) whereas grade/ specification has not been mentioned in the GD and packing list.
He argued that enclosed chart showing goods declarations-wise discrepancies is the integral part of the FIR, the modus operandi adopted by the Essa Steel was such that the imported goods were mis-declared to illegally avail the benefit of SRO655(1)/2006, to get said goods cleared on reduced rate of duty and taxes thus causing loss to the national exchequer.
Investigation officer stated that above mentioned importer has evaded customs duty and taxes amounting to Rs40,588,003 by mis-using and illegally claiming SRO655(1)/2006 and has violated the customs laws.
After the hearing, court approved charge sheet and case was adjourned for copy supply.