"when dewan decided the launch lancer in pkaistan they had a brief yet painful battle with customs. initially they had declared lancer with 60% (meaning declaring value by 60% less)
the customs contacted mit. when they got the same reply from them, the customs house activated all the comercial attaches of pakistan and in two months got the actually assessment price on it."
ALL CRAP!!!! JUST A PROPAGANDA BY LOCAL MANUFACTURERS. Let me reveal the actual story...
Agha Khan Univ. bought some Lancers just before Dewan through the old distributor at CNF basis (means the invoice price at customs commercial invoice had in-built distributor commission which was to be transmitted from MMC to previous distributor). That price was the 1st price known to the customs. Those cars (1.3GL's) cost aku about 17laks!!!!, remember that the previous distributor was infamous of super-high profits, thats why you'd find genuine parts of old Lancers tooooo higher than new ones.
Later when dewan got Mitsubishi, they obviously got whole-sale price, which was much below the price that customs knew ( in case of aku cars). THAT'S THE STORY.
"the stock (very large qty) they bought initially was cancelled by african distributors"
Proof 1: Export people would testify that it is technically not possible to cancell such orders. MMC/TTC/HMC or any car manufacturer never produces cars until LC is cleaned (say payment is made).
Proof 2: Cars sold to specific market have specific equipments installed. Mitsubishi can never sell African cars in any other region.
Proof 3: If the very large qty was bought by dewan they must have got it at good discount, it means that the second lot they bought shouldn't have that discount whereas all the vehicles imported since 2004 are imported at same price.
I don't know who told you that story, if you have had some good contacts in customs you would have got correct info. Being a industry analyst I've tracked all such events happening to major players.