PV Desk : Chittagong Custom House authorities have seized about 40 tonnes of curtains and sofa fabrics worth Tk 1.5 crore using the name of export-oriented industries.

About 40 metric tons of curtains and sofa fabrics were found instead of the bleached fabrics of the product industry announced on Wednesday (January 13th). In this case, about 1 crore 40 lakh taka was misappropriated in this invoice worth 1.5 crore taka. The blended fabrics have been imported from China in the name of Nakano International Company Limited, an export-oriented company of Ishwardi EPZ.

According to Custom House sources, the importer did not take any initiative to unload the goods even after one month of arrival of one container and 20 days of parole of the other container. Meanwhile, the audit, investigation and research (AIR) team of Chittagong Custom House blocked the BL of the two containers in the Asaikuda World system of the National Board of Revenue due to secret information that there were unveiled curtains and sofa cloth in the container.

The AIR team verbally requested the importer’s representative to take necessary steps to test the product. Accordingly, they said that the two containers were not imported by their organization and someone had imported two goods using the name of their organization. After that, on the instructions of the customs commissioner, the officials of the AIR branch took the initiative of physical examination by keeping two containers in the container. Rezaul Karim, assistant commissioner of customs house in charge of AIR branch, told the media that the government has given EPZ companies the opportunity to import raw materials through IP without import credit (LC) in order to expand the domestic garment industry. In the case of industrial raw materials, the shipments are exempted under the electricity clearance. It is initially believed that the invoice was misappropriated and an attempt was made to evade customs in a fancy way by making false declarations.

He said the clique did not take the initiative to unload the goods due to the zero tolerance policy of the custom house. Yet the last was not saved. The Chittagong Customs Authority will take strict legal action by identifying the persons involved in the incident.Courtesy-banglanews

Edited By-SPT