The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday cancelled
appointment of Cotecna Inspection SA, a pre-shipment inspection (PSI) company,
on charge of violating laws and regulations.
The decision came into effect yesterday, an NBR statement said.
NBR sources said some 64,000 allegations of irregularities and corruption were
lodged with it against the PSI company. The NBR recently found Cotecna involved
in serious irregularities including evading duty by giving false information in
import inspections, particularly for sports utility vehicles (SUV) like Hummer
seized from high-profile corruption suspects. BIVAC International SA replaced
Cotecna for pre-shipment inspection of imported goods from B Block countries
like China, Thailand,
Korea, the Philippines
and SGS Societe, Switzerland
for D Block countries including Japan,
Hong Kong, Australia