Teams constituted for preparation of customs import manual

KARACHI: Muhammad Saleem, Collector Modern Customs Collectorate (MCC) Appraisement (West) has constituted three teams to prepare customs import manual considering the present needs for the guidance of customs staff.
Sources told Customnews.pk on Monday that during the recent visit of Tariq Bajwa, chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to Custom House, Karachi the working of customs officials was discussed. The issue appraiser’s manual was also highlighted as the manual has become outdated and there was need to update it, the sources said.
In the light of discussions, on the directives of Nasir Masroor, Chief Collector, Appraisement South a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Muhammad Saleem, Collector MCC Appraisement West for the preparation/compilation of Customs Import Manual.
The following members of the committee have been nominated:
Mrs. Zeba Bashir Ahmed, Additional Collector, MCC Appraisement (East)
Azhar Hussain Merchant, Additional Collector, MCC Appraisement (West)
Irfan Javed, Additional Collector, MCC Port Muhammad Bin Qasim
The chairman of the committee also authorized to induct more members.
The committee has been assigned to prepare customs import manual based on the available rules, standing orders, office orders, public notices, circulars and instructions issued from time to time.
The three members of the committee are heading each team. The teams are:
Team A: MCC Appraisement East
Mrs. Zeba Bashir Ahmed, ADC (team leader)
Rehmat ullah Vastro, DC
Rizwan Mehmood, DC
Rizwan Bashir, DC
Asim Rehman, AC
Team B: MCC Appraisement West
Azhar Hussain Merchant, ADC (team leader)
Dr. Noman Khan, DC
Ghulam Nabi Kamboh, DC
Yousaf Ali Khan Magsi, DC
Usman Tariq, AC
Team C: MCC Port Muhammad Bin Qasim
Irfan Javed, ADC (team leader)
Adnan Iqbal Swati, DC
Wajid Zaman, DC
Falak Sher, AC
Rehan Akram, AC
The sources said that the last appraiser’s manual was compiled long time ago. Since then many changes have taken place. The customs department has come a long way in use of information technology, simplification and streamlining of procedures, to facilitate the trade and enhance the level of compliance with the customs laws, rules and regulations.
They said that automation of customs business processes, introduction of risk management system and use of multi-modular transportation system has necessitated revision in procedure.
The chairman of the committee will supervise the preparation of the manual and monitor the progress in accordance with the given timeline. The committee has been given December 15 to present the final draft. However, customs sources said that the work hardly to complete within time-frame but it would be available by January 2015.

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