Pre-arrival customs clearance rolled out to five airlines

Pre-arrival customs clearance rolled out to five airlines

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Tuesday said that it has extended the pre-arrival custom clearance facility to five airlines.

A FBR spokesman on a pilot project on customs clearance in the Sky that was started with Qatar Airways has now been rolled out to five other airlines.

Urgent shipments on Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai, Air Arabia and YTO cargo are being processed through customs risk management system hours before flight arrival at Karachi Airport.

Pakistan Customs has introduced a pre-arrival clearance facility last month under its flagship pilot project ‘Clearance in the Sky’ at Model Customs Collectorate (MCC), Jinnah International Airport (JIAP) Karachi.

The cargo manifest is filed in advance immediately after the take-off of the flight from the origin. The advance feeding of manifest allows the traders and their customs clearing agents to file their goods declarations to the customs.

The declarations filed in advance are checked through the risk management system. An electronic message on the release status is sent to the traders while the goods are still in the air.