An investigation into the alleged money laundering of 12 importers accused of using illicit means to transfer foreign currencies worth Rs. 477.3 million ($1.69 million), launched by Customs Intelligence.
Customs Filed FIR Against Importers
The Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation Customs Karachi filed a First Information Report (FIR) against the organizations involved, as per official papers.
The list includes M/s Uffan Traders Muhammad Affan, M/s Ayyaz Enterprises, Directors of M/s AM Associates (Pvt) Ltd, Jelani Enterprises, Directors of M/s Skyelectric, SasPak Cargo, Directors of M/s RA Engineering, M/s Nadeem Associates, Abdul Wahab Rafiq M/s Mediflux Services, Awan & Agha Associates, Abdul Basit M/s Med Vision International, Directors of M/s Millennium Steel, M/s C&F Solutions Customs & Freight, Iman Ali M/s Mix Trade Enterprises, 3-star enterprises, Vista Impex, Directors/owners of M/s Aliz International, Liaqat Ali M/s Humayun Dental Supplies, Ahsan Ellahi Malik M/s Elahi Enterprises, and M/s Salman Corporation.
The allegations revolve around the purported transfer of $1,694,178 via unapproved means, evading the necessary conditions associated with submitting the Electronic Import Form (EIF).
According to investigations, the importers requested exemptions under Chapter 99 of the Pakistan Customs Tariff in 40 of their goods declarations.
Goods Clearance Issues
However, these importers failed to provide Customs with the electronic I-form required for the clearance of the corresponding products.
However, as a result, $1,694,178 sent to overseas shippers.
Additionally, as per the import-export laws and regulations of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), importers required to transfer foreign exchange using authorized banking channels.
To do this, submit an application for the Electronic Import Form, which specifies the money to be sent to the overseas shipper, to the appropriate bank in Pakistan.
Moreover, importers required by the Customs Act of 1969 to fulfill their obligation to file accurate goods declarations and refrain from making false statements.
Importers Not Fulfilled Their Responsibilities
In this case, nevertheless, it appears that the importers and their clearing agencies did not fulfill these responsibilities.
In response to these worries, letters sent to the importers pursuant to Section 27 of the Customs Act 1969, asking them to furnish details regarding the authorized methods by which they transferred foreign currency to overseas shippers.
However, unfortunately, the importers did not offer any explanations, which suggests that they moved $1,694,178 illegally as a group.
Accusation Bases on Findings
The Directorate of I&I Customs Karachi thinks that the 12 importers are involved in money laundering offenses under sections 3 and 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010 with the help of accomplices based on these findings.
These accusations originate from the violation of predicate offenses punishable by Customs and SBP legislation, including sections 16, 19, 79, 192, and 209, as well as sections 32 and 32A.
Furthermore, the inquiry claims that the importers and their clearing agents routinely avoided the requirements of EIF by taking use of exclusions under Chapter 99.
As a result, they cleared their shipments without facing any legal action.
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