QUETTA: Hearing a constitution petition filed by All Pakistan Dry Fruit Importers, Exporters Association, Balochistan High Court ordered Pakistan Customs “to clear the goods as per previous practice as temporary arrangement till deployment of TP Module by Directorate of Reforms & Automation, which shall be installed and made operational within four weeks time”.

The link judge who entertained the matter during winter vacations also ordered that till then the instant order will remain in force. The hearing of petition was later adjourned till first week of March 2022.

The petition was filed challenging a letter  no C No 3/ (44)E &C /2020 dated 10-6-2021 on ground that Pakistan Customs has failed to provide requisite facilities at Taftan border and thus this letter could not be implemented and particularly until “Transhipment Module for WeBOC  at Custom House Taftan is developed and deployed facilitating transshipment of imported consignments of dry fruit from Taftan to NLC Quetta.

The bench admitted the petition and also ordered issuance of notices to the Secretary FBR, Chairman FBR, The Member Customs (FBR), Collector of Customs (Appraisement & Facilitation), Quetta, Deputy Collector Customs (Appraisement & Facilitation) and Director, Directorate General of Reforms & Automation, Karachi for date to be fixed in March 2022.

The interim order as interim arrangement  would save the Taftan border from congestion due to stucking of of trucks which are arriving in Pakistan on daily basis. The daily number of vehicles entering into Pakistan territory are stated to be 50-60.