KARACHI: Model Customs Collectorate (Appraisement), Lahore has collected Rs. 3185 million as Customs Duty during October, 2017 compared to Rs. 1998 million of October last and thus registered growth of 59%. Overall, the Collectorate collected Rs. 7690 million while this collection was Rs. 5157 million during October, 2016. Jamil Nasir, Collector of Customs congratulated his team on this unprecedented growth and hoped that the Collectorate will witness similar growth in coming months as well. While talking to his team members, he said that unprecedented growth in revenue is vindication of facilitation and trade friendly initiatives of the Collectorate due to which cost of doing business has gone down at dry ports of Lahore. He further said that the importers’ out-of-pocket expenses at all the three dry ports of Lahore have almost been reduced to nil due to policy of zero tolerance towards corruption, transparency and easy access of the traders and their agents for redressal of their complaints. Such policies will continue and steps are being taken to make them sustainable, he added.