Islamabad: Explosives shipment from China intercepted, importer escapes
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Customs has intercepted a shipment of explosive materials, fireworks and crackers from China and have seized a full container load of 24 tonnes while the importer and the clearing agent have escaped.
Authorities told The News here on Saturday that Collectorate of Pakistan Customs Computerised System (PACCS), Karachi found that the explosives were declared to be door locks imported from China for M/s China Hardware Company, Lahore.
The PACCS authorities explained to The News that the importers determined their liability for assessment of duty & taxes as provided under Section 79 of the Customs Act, 1969 and paid an amount of Rs.05 million customs duty and other taxes.
The consignment was, however, followed and stopped for examination and assessment. The customs staff of Model Collectorate of Customs (MCC) PACCS posted at Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) examined the goods and found out that the container was stuffed with fireworks and crackers which are highly inflammable and their import is prohibited under the Import Policy Order 2010-11.
They further said that a little mishandling at the port could have damaged properties and valuable assets worth million of rupees lying at the port terminal in close proximity. The impounded commodity also fell within the purview of smuggling.
An identical consignment of fireworks and crackers was imported a few years ago and transshipped to dry port Sumbrial, Sialkot where, during examination by the customs staff the goods exploded and caused big damage to human lives including customs officers besides loss of property at Sumbrial.
The Research and Development (R&D Section) of the MCC PACCS has lodged an FIR with Special Judge Customs and Taxation, Karachi and efforts are being made to apprehend the culprits, they concluded.