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Principal appraisers, appraisers likely to show up to FIA

Principal appraisers, appraisers likely to show up to FIA

KARACHI: Seven to eight principal appraisers and appraisers of Group-II of Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Appraisement-West are likely to show up in Islamabad to explain their position to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in the clearance of consignments of pharmaceutical raw-material case.
The reliable sources in FBR confirmed to Customs Today that the principal appraisers and appraisers were likely to go to Islamabad in the next 72 hours to explain their stance in show cause notices issued to them by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
It is to be recalled that the FIA has issued notices to 76 customs officials, allegedly involved in the clearance of consignments of pharmaceutical raw-material illegally, without getting permission from the officers of the Federal Drug Authority (FDA) which is mandatory under Rule 15 of the Drug Imports and Export Rules 1976.
It is to be noted that the Pakistan Customs through the FBR has already taken up the matter with the Ministry of Commerce.
The sources expressed the hope that intervention by the Ministry of Commerce may help to dilute and resolve the case. However; Pakistan Customs allows its officials to fulfil all the legal formalities.