KARACHI: Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Appraisement – West will observe Sunday, August 11, 2019 as normal working day in order to facilitate trade in clearance of their pending consignments ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.
Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Appraisement, West on Saturday issued letter to Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) to observe Sunday as normal working days for examination at the terminal. The collectorate decided to observe the weekly holiday as normal working day on the issue raised by Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) about huge number of pending containers at the KICT.
The colletorate pointed out that despite reminders to KICT management there are 200 containers, which are remained not cleared till August 10, 2019 as Eid ul Azha is falling on August 12, 2019 following by four public holidays.
Slackness in disposal of work on part of terminal is not only effecting cash liquidity position of the traders but increase their clearance time along with causing mental agony to them, it said.
The collectorate directed the terminal operator to expedite grounding of all pending containers but also match the infrastructure and human resource with the requirement of work at the port.
Mostly, grounding at port is affected when delivery is being made at night by terminal or containers are being discharged from berthed vessels. This situation is undesirable and the terminal should make maximum arrangements to liquidate the pendency, the collectorate said.
As interim arrangement customs on its own is going to observe normal working day on Sunday and it directed the terminal to make maximum grounding in order to mitigate the worries of trade and dispose of examination work at the port.