Pakistan Customs plans campaign to check OMCs involvement in smuggled petroleum products

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KARACHI: Pakistan Customs in coordination with other agencies would collect samples of petrol/diesel from franchised fuel stations in city and lab test the same to identify involvement of oil marketing companies (OMCs) in the sale of smuggled diesel/petrol in the city.

Addressing a press conference on Sunday, Tariq Huda, Collector Customs – Preventive, said that a large-scale crack down would be undertaken in days to come against all the smuggled goods entering in Pakistan and the elements involved in facilitating this illegal trade would be taken to task.

In compliance with the directives of Honorable Supreme Court of Pakistan regarding coordinated and joint efforts against illegal movement of smuggled and contraband goods, Pakistan Customs in coordination with police and rangers launched a crackdown against availability of smuggled petroleum products in the city and seized large quantity of smuggled diesel being sold at petrol pumps.

Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), District Administration, Sindh Police and Municipal Commissioner aided Pakistan Customs in the operation on Sunday.
The law enforcement agencies along with Customs demolished 61 illegal petrol pumps, 104 nozzle-pumps were confiscated and around 50,000 liters of diesel worth $45,000 was seized.

The sale of smuggled diesel is not only draining out precious foreign exchange, it also causing huge revenue loss to the national exchequer as 7.5% customs duty and 17% sales tax is to be paid on import of diesel, which the government is being deprived of.

Tariq Huda said that all agencies/department had reiterated their resolution to continue such operations till the final target is achieved, and appreciated the Supreme Court of Pakistan for bringing the agencies close together.

He informed that the smuggled petroleum products came in launches anchoring deserted sports along Jeewani and Pasni and transported in tankers.