KARACHI - The Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement on Sunday disbanded 73 import companies and container terminals in Pakistan for their alleged embezzlement in transportation of goods.

The Pakistan Customs took the notice on the information of Customs intelligence that tax stealing was continued by some prominent imports, sources said and added that most of the importers involved in stealing taxes especially in auto mobile companies.

The MCCA issued notice to 73 importers of Pakistan and import terminals of containers in Pakistan. Certain importers have been identified by the scrutiny of relevant data. It has been inducted that the importers used to show lesser number of import goods to minimize the duty. The intelligence pointed out various off-dock container terminals in Karachi where such sort of embezzlement was being practiced for a long time, the sources added. A MCCA official told TheNation that off-dock container terminals officials and importers were inchoate in such corruption. They said that most of the importers involved in the said lucrative business have been using new identities or registered farm names. It would be difficult to prevent such kind of embezzlement because the importers replace identities of their companies.

Customs Agents Association General Secretary Faisal Mushtaq said that it was essential to examine the documents of importers and after a complete scrutiny, an importer should be given a clearance certificate otherwise it would be difficult for the customs agents to recognise actual or fraudulent importers. He also said that the customs officials should also investigate the employees involved in the corruption along with the import companies.

PRC trains volunteers for emergency: Youth and Volunteer department of Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), Sindh branch convened 3-day 4th annual youth and volunteer training camp 2011 from December 23 to 25, here in the City. Pakistan Red Crescent Society, Sindh branch has more than 5500 volunteers attached to its programs in various capacities. In recent floods 2010 & 2011 the PRCS, Sindh youth volunteers played commendable role assisting the affected people. Around 180 students from 16 different schools of Karachi participated in youth and volunteers training camp which has a very enthusiastic theme “Find the volunteer inside you”.

During the camp, volunteers received training about First Aid, Emergency Response, firefighting, camp management, youth awareness and information about Red Cross Red Crescent Movement and its fundamental principles. On Sunday, Mrs. Farzhana Naek, Chairperson PRCS, Sindh branch and Kanwar Waseem, Provincial Secretary, PRCS, Sindh Branch monitored the activities and also awarded certificates and shields to the participants, company commanders and camp management officers in closing ceremony.