It is a matter of great pleasure for me to extend warm felicitations to the Federal Board of Revenue and Pakistan Customs on the occasion of the 66th anniversary of International Customs Day celebrated on 26th January 2018. Pakistan joins World Customs Organization members in celebrating this important landmark as this day affords us an opportunity to reaffirm WCO’s mission of enhancing effectiveness and efficiency of Customs Administration.
The World Customs Organization sets a theme which serves as priority mission objective for all its member countries for the year ahead. The World Customs Organization (WCO) announced that 2018 is dedicated to strengthening the security of the business environment, with the slogan “A Secure Business Environment for Economic Development”. There is no doubt that Pakistan Customs is playing a vital role in the betterment of our progressive country’s economy through effective targeted controls and the facilitation of legitimate trade.
The development of international trade is not an end in itself, but rather a vehicle through which economic development can be achieved. We should therefore strive to create an environment for businesses that will foster their participation in trade, for the benefit of all business circles. It is imperative that we ask ourselves, how we can as ‘Service Provider’ contribute to better secure the business environment and, in doing so, boost economic prosperity.
Pakistan Customs is one of very few organizations who pioneered in designing and automating their clearance and audit systems in the country. It is a known fact that increase in trade volumes cannot be handled without state of the art clearance system and the department’s efforts in this regard must be appreciated. Introduction and upgrading of automated environment is indeed a remarkable achievement beneficial to all stakeholders i.e. the Government, trade and industry.
It is pertinent to mention here that Karachi Customs Agents Association is the most proactive Association in Pakistan having more than 3000 members who are playing a vital role in accumulating the budget targets fixed by FBR time to time.
In the end, I on behalf of Managing Committee of Karachi Customs Agents Association pay our gratitude and well wishes to Pakistan Custom & World Custom Organization on World Customs Day.