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R&D registers FIR against Sundus Fertilizers, clearing agent

R&D registers FIR against Sundus Fertilizers, clearing agent

KARACHI: The Research and Development (R&D) Section of MCC Appraisement (East) has registered an FIR against owners, directors, partners of M/s Sundus Fertilizers & Chemicals Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd and M/s Al-Rehmat Trading, clearing agent against mis-declaration of description and value, as the importers tried to import Cartap Hydrochloride Tech 98 per cent min, B No 20140408 packed in 25 kgs net PP bags under garb of Di-calcium Phosphate (Cap 98per cent Batch No 20140408).

The importers were involved in tax evasion of Rs 5398479, as they violated Section 32(1), 32(2), 32A, 79 and 192 of the Customs Act, 1969 read with the Section 33 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990; Section 148 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 and Section 3(1) of the Import & Export (Control) Act, 1950 punishable under clause (14A) (46) and (86) of Section 156(1) of the Customs Act, 1969.

According to details, a credible information was received in R&D Section that M/s Sundus Fertilizers & Chemicals Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd are indulged in gross mis-declaration regarding a consignment imported by them vide IGM No 101. R&D placed their consignment under vigilance.

It is pertinent to mention here that the importer M/s Sundus Fertilizer & Chemicals Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd , electronically filed Goods Declaration (GD) No KAPE-HC-6955-19-07-2014 through their authorized clearing agent M/s Al-Rehmat Trading with declared description of goods as Di-calcium Phosphate (PCT Heading 2835.2600) at unit value US$0.7 per kg and total value USD 11200.

In order to check, as to whether the importer had correctly paid the legitimate amount of duties and taxes under reference GD which was selected for scrutiny in terms of Section 80 of the Customs Act, 1969 and the goods were referred for Customs examination.

Upon examination, it was reported that the consignment was of Pesticide Cartap Hydrochloride Tech 98per cent classifiable under PCT 2930.2020 Customs Duty @ 5 per cent and assessable value as per 90-day data on record was US$11.8per Kg in terms of section 25(5) and (6) of the Customs Act, 1969, as against declared Di-calcium Phosphate classifiable under Heading 2835.2600 Customs Duty @5per cent and claimed assessment @US$0.70per Kg.

To further verify the description as well as the classification, the goods were referred to Customs House Laboratory. Test Report by the Customs House Lab also confirmed the mis-declaration of description.

Subsequently, it was revealed that the importer M/s Sundus Fertilizer & Chemicals Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd in connivance with its authorized clearing agent M/s Al-Rehmat Trading had deliberately mis-declared the description and classification of the impugned goods with intent to deprive the national exchequer of its legitimate revenue to the tune of Rs5398479.

Therefore, R&D Section of MCC-Appraisement (East) has registered an FIR against the importer and the clearing agent in their alleged involvement in defrauding the government revenue through well planned offence committed by the importer with criminal intent.