MCC Preventive proposes modification in the definition of Customs Agent and Customs Business

KARACHI: MCC Preventive has suggested certain amendments in the Customs Rules to avoid ambiguities in the law relating to Customs agents and shipping agents and their responsibilities.

The Board has issued “Shipping Agents Rules” vide SRO 220/(1)/2015. The shipping agents were licensed under Customs Agents Licensing Rules 2001. Now after issuance of Shipping Agents Rules, the omission of activities related to conveyance is essential to differentiate the regulation of Customs clearing agents and shipping agents.

Hence, it is proposed to modify the definition of Customs Agents and Customs Business under Rule 90 (b) of Customs Rule.

According to proposals Customs Agent means a person granted a customs agent license by the licensing authority to carry out customs business. Customs Business means any customs related clearance activities or importation or exportation of goods or baggage, including their classification and valuation, the payment of duties, taxes or other charges assessed or collected by the Customs on goods by reason of its importation, exportation transit or transshipment or refund, rebates ,or drawback thereof and includes the preparation of documents or forms in any format and the electronic transmission of documents, invoices, bills, or parts thereof, intended to be filed with the Customs in furtherance of such activities or any other activity relating to the Customs Act or rules made there under.

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