Green channel passengers asked to cooperate with customs on examination selection

KARACHI: Passengers on arrival from abroad at any airport passing through green channel have been asked to cooperate with customs authorities for examination in case randomly or parametric selection.

In a travel guide, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said that green channel means freely passing without any Customs formalities.

This is for the passengers who do not posses articles or goods that are restricted or in excess of the admissible duty-free allowance, if any.

The customs officials are authorized to randomly request the passengers availing the facility of green channel to allow scanning of their luggage and if necessary to allow physical examination by opening the luggage.

This is normal custom procedure adopted world wide to counter misuse of green channel facility.

“If you are so requested by a custom official, please understand that you have been picked up either randomly or on the basis of certain risk parameters and you are expected to cooperate with the customs officials,” according to the travel guide.

Passengers passing through the green channel with articles or goods that are prohibited, restricted or dutiable are liable to prosecution, penalty as well as confiscation of the articles or goods, it added.

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