KARACHI - Pakistan Customs on Friday claimed to have foiled a smuggling bid of goods including cell phones worth nearly Rs284 million in Karachi.

According to Customs officials, the Customs officials took action after the Model Custom Collectorate of Preventive, Karachi received credible information to effect that some reputable importers are involved in misusing the facility of Green Channel under ‘WeBOC system’ and clearing their goods from Karachi by grossly mis-declaring description as LED lights and bulbs.

“In wake of the information and on the directives of the Chief Collector of Customs (enforcement) South, Karachi, the Collector of Customs (Preventive), Karachi constituted a team to thwart such attempts,” Collector of customs Dr Iftikhar Ahmed said while speaking at a press conference who was flanked with additional collector Amir Thahim and deputy collector Muhammad Faisal Khan.

“The team after strict vigilance successfully intercepted a 40 feet container loaded on a trawler near mobile market in Saddar neighbourhood.”

The officer said that on spot questioning confirmed the information that huge quantity of mobile phones in the container were brought into the country without payment of livable duty and taxes, adding that in absence of any proof of legal import thereof, the container, laden on a vehicle, was escorted to Anti-Smuggling headquarters for further investigation and stocktaking.

He said that as a result, huge quantity of goods worth Rs284 million tabulated below valuing Rs284 million approximately were recovered and seized which included Q-Mobile quantity 27,200 value amount to Rs136,000,000, assorted mobile quantity 35,790 worth nearly Rs143,160,000, 531 Amazon Tablets worth Rs5,310,000.

The officer further said that preliminary investigation has revealed that goods were imported by Digicom Trading Private limited mis-declared as LED lights and bulbs and was cleared through the system under Green Channel. An FIR No. 226/2017 has been lodged and further investigations was underway.