KARACHI: Collectorate of Customs Appraisement East has registered two FIRs against Abdul Rehman of M/s Wasila Industries and Syed Javaid of M/s Western Rags for attempting to clear high value new and fresh polyester tissue fabric in the garb of second hand clothing.
Sources said that these consignments had been marked to Yellow channel for being used and second hand clothing. Collector Fayyaz Rasool passed an information to Additional Collector Shakir Ali regarding import of high value goods in the garb of second hand clothing. Deputy Collector Usman Tariq constituted a team of Principal Appraser Aijaz Butt, SPO Malak Hashim, AOs Abdul Rasheed and Syed Riffat Ali for the examination of the said consignments.
During detailed examination led to recovery of polyester tissue fabric hidden within used clothing. Both the importers including M/s Wasila Industries and M/s Western Rags attempted to evade government revenue to the tune of Rs13 million.
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier used second hand clothing was in green channel, but due to massive revenue evasion and smuggling in the garb of used clothing, these goods were included in Yellow and Red channels.
Chief Collector South Wajid Ali has forwarded an alert to Appraisement East, Appraisement West and Customs Port Qasim to randomly examine consignments of used shoes and consignments containing used shoes among other goods.