KARACHI: Khurram Ijaz, General Secretary of Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) highlighted long outstanding issue regarding non-operational of five NBP branches authorized for collection of Customs Duty and Taxes through WeBOC System.
In this connection he pointed out that after the authorization of these five branches no collection of Duty / Tax was made due to non-availability of User ID, Password and proper Training of NBP staff, therefore as recommend by the Karachi Customs Agents Association, training session has been arranged by the Directorate of Reform & Automation (Weboc Project) on 26th & 27th November 2014 at Custom House Karachi.
In this regard, KCAA is requested to the President of National Bank of Pakistan to depute proper / skilled staff to get such training and after completion of training process posting of these trained staff must be continued in these designated branches of NBP i.e. Main Branch, Model Branch Clifton, Karachi Stock Exchange, Awami Markaz and Korangi Industrial area Branch for collection of customs duties and taxes.
Khurram Ijaz further informed that as per instructions of the Chief Collector-South and Collector of Customs expansion work has already been started at NBP Custom House, but he emphasis that the expansion of Customs House Branch is not sufficient to meet the day to day increase volume of customs duties and taxes to be deposited in a one branch.
Khurram Ijaz requested the NBP Authorities to make operational the designated branches of NBP for collection of duty / taxes without any hindrance and to facilitate the trade as well as to generate the revenue to the exchequer, he added.