NCP cars and the loss they inflict
Most of the non-custom paid vehicles are brought from Japan to Afghanistan and then smuggled into Pakistan via different routes. The cost of these automobiles ranges from one-third to half of the actual price of the cars of the same make and model in the Pakistani market. These cars do not have documentation.
These cars are not cleared from government taxes. Government taxes on latest model cars are 200% of the original car price. This is a huge amount of money. For example a Mercedes C200 2014 model cost $35,800 in America. The government taxes would be $71,600 in Pakistan. The total cost of car in Pakistan would be RS1.05 crore. Whereas a Mercedes C200 two or three years old non custom paid would be around RS2million.
Most of the SUVs and luxury cars in Pakistan are non-custom paid. No one dares to stop them or impound their vehicles as they are influential people. Mostly, non custom paid in Pakistan are owned by customs officials, policemen and politicians. Every day a huge number of vehicles are smuggled in Pakistan. There is no severe punishment which exists in the law against the vehicle smugglers as law allows only seizing of the smuggled vehicles.
Another type of non-custom paid cars includes the car whose chassis has been tampered. All SUVs consists of two portions: one is the body and other is the frame. People or car dealers buy old SUVs which cost them around one million rupees and put a body of newer model. These bodies are easily available from smugglers. This makes the car non custom paid as the custom of the body is not paid. However, Government cannot impound these cars. People get the vehicle registration book tampered which makes the car custom paid but still government can impound them as body change can be detected by matching of body, frame and engine with the record saved in the motor vehicle registration office. This type of tampering is very common. Almost all 9 out of 10 have been indulge in tampering.
The reason of keeping a non-custom paid car is that it costs very less from an original custom paid vehicle. There is no law or punishment on keeping a non-custom paid car instead of impounding the car.
Non customs paid cars are roaming in every city and on every road. There are hundreds of cars being sold on internet. A 2005 model Land Cruiser is for sale for only RS2.2million and price is negotiable. You can easily get it for RS1.8million. Custom paid one will cost around RS7.0million. A Honda Accord Inspire 2005 model is being sold for RS0.8million, plus it is negotiable. This car has an original value of RS2.8million. These vehicles are delivered at your doorstep by the smugglers.
Police, government and custom official, all take their share on each non custom paid vehicle being sold. Smugglers bribe the government for selling each non custom paid car. Due to the corrupt system, it is very easy to smuggle and use non custom paid car.
People should realize the damage they are causing to the country by using non custom paid vehicle.