MCC Port Qasim directs timely consignment clearance

MCC Port Qasim directs timely consignment clearance

KARACHI: Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Port Muhammad Bin Qasim has directed all deputy and assistant collectors to ensure timely clearance of consignments.

In a official memo issued to all deputy and assistant collectors, the Collector Port Qasim directed that ensure strict compliance to the directives issued by MCC Appraisement West Karachi.

MCC Appraisement on October 23, 2018 issued related to undue delay in clearance of consignments.

It was pointed out at the meeting of MCC Appraisement West that the importers/clearing agents had to file first and second review in a number of those cases where valuation ruling exists but appraising officer assess the goods at a higher value. This arbitrary assessment is, however, mostly revised in accordance with the relevant valuation ruling by the concerned assistant / deputy collector during second review.

It is further pointed out that the consignments cleared under green channel are stopped by the terminal operators at gate out stage to require documents mandatory for the clearance in terms of conditions of Import Policy Order. In certain cases, due to incorrect feeding of document code in the system, the terminal operator returned the same to the concerned assistant/deputy collector of the group to confirm as to whether or not a certain document is required.

It has been informed that the concerned assistant/deputy collector refer this matter to principal appraiser who forward the same to appraising officer of the group for initiating requisite NOC. This process takes a considerable time.

In order to avoid such undue delays on above accounts, the competent authority has directed that:

a. Assistant/Deputy Collectors of all assessment group shall forward a weekly statement to the respective additional collector, with a copy to the collector, containing details of all such GDs where appraising officer had applied some random higher value despite presence of relevant valuation ruling and the assistant/deputy collector corrected and completed the assessment as per valuation ruling.

b. All assistant / deputy collector assessment groups are directed to provide NOC in respect of green GDs mentioned at their own level after consulting Import Policy Order / other legal requirements, without referring the same to any lower level officials.

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