Smuggling at lowest level in Pakistan’s History: Zahid Khokhar

Karachi: Chief Collector, Customs Enforcement, South, Muhammad Zahid Khokhar has said that smuggling has been cut down to the lowest level of the history in Pakistan, smuggling of diesel is narrowed to zero ratio with the help of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs).

While addressing a meeting of industrialist at Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) Khokhar also said that for making custom duties payment easier we are ready to set NBP branches in all seven Industrial Areas of Karachi. He has also ensured the settlement of special coordination desk in Custom house for industrialist, exporters and importers.

Prior to this President of KATI Zahid Saeed welcomed Chief Collector and briefed him about customs related issues of industry. He urged that awareness about WEBOC is not satisfactory among the trading community and efforts should be made for it. Zahid also suggested that new branches should be established in Trading centers and Industrial areas for duties payments, which is now  become easier than ever after the modern means of technology and communication, these steps can make this process easier. On this occasion head of standing committee for Customs, Port & Shipping Faraz Urrehman said that training programs should be launched for EIF (Electronic Import Forms). He told that most of the importers are not well versed to the new systems of communication and if training would not be provided, EIF system will become a great hurdle instead of relaxation. Faraz Urrehman told the Chief Collector that traders are facing great deal of problems at port in the process of goods delivery, he urged that new delivery point at all Industrial areas, including SITE and Korangi, should be established to solve this problem, he also suggested issuance of new licenses.

On this occasion Senior Vice President of KATI Saleem Uzzaman, Chief Collector’s Staff Officer Ghulam Nabi Kamboh, Zubari Chaya, Gulzar Feroz, Akbar Farooqui, Junaid Naqi, FPCCI’s Shakeel Dheengra and other were present.

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