DGRM authorized to manage risk involved in customs clearance

KARACHI: Directorate General of Risk Management (DGRM) has been authorized to manage risk involved in customs clearance of containerized, LCL and bulk cargo.

The FBR on Wednesday issued SRO 101(I)/2020 to amend Customs Rules, 2001. Through the SRO the FBR issued Risk Management System Rules.

It said that the DGRM to manage risk involved in customs clearance of containerized, LCL and bulk cargo including but not limited to transit cargo, international passengers and accompanied and unaccompanied baggage thereof including clearances against carnet-de-passage/TIR.

The DG has also been authorized to plan, design and implement strategies by applying accredited risk management tools and techniques specific to each transaction types relating to imports, exports and transit of goods and clearance of international passengers.

The DG shall also monitor, evaluate and review Risk Management System based on changing national and international trends and feedback from stakeholders.

According to the SRO, the DG shall examine clearance patterns of various sectors and commodities to identify, analyze and evaluate risks, develop mitigation strategies and present the same to Risk Management Committee (RMC) for approval and implementation.

The DG shall responsible to develop system whereby different stakeholders’ compliance levels are determined. Compliant stakeholders are facilitated in the system, it added.

The DG shall coordinate with Directorate General of Intelligence and Investigation Customs (DG I&I) to get feedback in the structured format after completion of investigations of cases or studies undertaken by the DG I&I.

The DG shall also coordinate with the Directorate General of Customs Valuation to develop checks and parameters for selection of cases requiring valuation scrutiny.

It said that RMC shall be headed by a BS-21 officer of Customs preferably Director General RMS and shall comprise many BS-19 and BS-20 officers of Customs as may be notified by the FBR.

According to the SRO, the meetings of RMC shall be convened at least once every month.

The RMC shall perform the following key functions, namely:

a. to review performance of the RMS;

b. to review risk parameters and behavior of important risk indicators;

c. to set benchmarks for interventions or interceptions focusing on targeting the risky consignments or entities; and

d. to review major detections by the collectorates or directorates (I&)- Customs with respect to RMS.

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