KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate has made it compulsory that all Goods Declarations (GD) submitted in the relevant appraising group for assessment/clearance shall be accompanied with original copy of the master bill of lading issued by the shipping line showing its date of issuance. The directives came to ensure that the used cars being imported into the country fulfill the statutory age restriction. The federal government had reduced the minimum age of imported used cars from 5 years to 3 years with effect from December 15, 2012. As a result, the issuance date of the bill of lading has now become a crucial determinant of importability in the light of the provisions of Para 4 of the Import Policy Order, 2009. In cases, where the master bill of lading issued by the shipping line has been surrendered by the importer/clearing agent, the original copy of the Delivery Order shall be produced to the appraising group showing the bill of lading number and date. The shipping line whose Delivery Order does not contain an entry for bill of lading date shall add a new column therein and provide the requisite information in printed form.