Border markets, warehouses to be established to contain smuggling: Member Customs

Border markets, warehouses to be established to contain smuggling: Member Customs

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs to set up border markets and border warehouses all border crossing of the country to contain smuggling, a top official of Pakistan Customs said.

A statement released by Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Monday quoted Jawwad Agha, Member Customs (Operations) as saying that on the instructions of the Prime Minister Imran Khan is being prepared under which border markets and border warehouse would be established at all border crossing of the country to contain the smuggling.

Jawwad Agha in response to the FPCCI president suggestion regarding restoration of 20 days period for clearance of imported or exported goods from 15 days said that the period was reduced to 15 days due to avoid port terminal congestion.

However, in case of default particularly for the LCL he agreed to consider downward revision of heavy penalty which at present Rs. 5000/- per day. Regarding reduction in utilization period from 24 monthsof input acquired for manufacture and export of output goods under DTRE, he informed that the time was reduced to boost the manufacturing and exports of goods and advised the importers to complete the cycle of manufacturing of goods within the stipulated time.

In response to a suggestion for data exchange between Pakistani and Chinese customs agencies to curb under-invoicing, the Member Customs (Operations), FBR informed that during the Prime Minister’s visit to China the agreement has been signed and would be initiated soon.

Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai, FPCCI President in his recommendations said that in order to facilitate the exports, the government should introduce a new scheme for imports-cum-exports of packing material whereby a notified percentage of inputs may be allowed to be imported at zero rate duties against FOB value of exports of Previous year with flexibility to import any product among the notified list in any quantity within the overall entitlement of the exporter.

Similarly Garment and Home Textile industry be facilitated by allowing duty free import of Accessories up to 10 percent of last year export performance, which should be added automatically in WeBOC of Manufacturer Cum Exporter ID after closing of 30th June every year on the basis of record available in WeBoc.

Exporter should be allowed to use it in exports without the condition of mentioning these goods in Export goods declaration.

However, if an Exporter is required to imports accessories/packing material in excess of 10% then he may use (SRO-492), (SRO 327-Export oriented unit) and (SRO 450-Manufacturing Bond). New Exporter may also use SRO 492(I)/2009 dated June 13, 2009 in first year to make their performance.

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