ISLAMABAD: With the praise of almighty Allah, the AFU Islamabad surpassed its overall targets during the tenure of Additional Collector Khawaja Khuram Naeem. The AFU has enhanced its smooth processing regarding the exports during the tenure of Khuram here at the AFU Islamabad. Exports of meat and perishable items have increased during Khuram’s era. Khuram is going to Germany as Commercial attaché of Pakistan on 3rd of August 2017 for three years.
This was stated by Khawaja Khuram Naeem while talking with Customs Today during an exclusive interview at his office.
He told CT that the AFU achieved its desired revenue results during the last one and a half years because of the guidance of Collector Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Islamabad Dr. Arslan. The Collector MCC Islamabad always made posting of staff on merit while taking the pressure himself. Dr. Arslan is a man of courage and has the capacity to confront all the hardships while shifting no pressure to his staff.
Chief Collector North Sarwat Tahira Habib also extended an extraordinary support to the AFU during my tenure to meet the assigned revenue collection targets by taking administrative measures. He remarked that the chief collector acknowledged all the smuggling cases intercepted by the Customs Airport Staff of the AFU.
Additional Collector told CT that, during his one and a half years era, the AFU enhanced the exports of perishable goods and meat to the Middle East. Due to new initiatives taken during his time, the relations between business community and customs staff have become friendly. He reminded CT of the hard-work of his staff even during the odd hours to facilitate the businessmen to increase the revenue.
He further said that, during his time, he had taken some concrete measures for open door policy so as to resolve the issues of the business community timely. He claimed that the exports are decreasing at all the stations of the Air Freight Units of Pakistan Customs except AFU Islamabad during the last one and a half months.
During his tenure, the AFU recovered outstanding payment amounting to Rs129.7million from Pakistan International Airline (PIA) during FY2016-17. The AFU Islamabad earned Rs104.2million by seizing 27 kilogram of gold. The Islamabad AFU got deferred payment from the NADRA and Cabinet Division to meet the revenue shortfall of FY16-17.
He proudly said that the AFU Islamabad generated Rs937.6million extra revenue against the assigned target for Financial Year FY2016-17 under the head of Customs Duty (CD) whereas AFU earned R.2396.60million of CD during Financial Year FY2016-17 against the allocated target of Rs1459.00million under the same head during July to June FY2016-17.
The Additional Collector further told CT that the AFU showed tremendous performance during FY2016-17 under the head of CD against the set revenue target under the same head. The AFU received Rs444.56million of CD during June FY16-17 against the assigned target of Rs395million under the same head. The AFU got Rs49.56million of extra CD during June FY16-17.
The AFU earned Rs205.31million during May FY16-17 against the allocated target of Rs319.00million under the same head whereas AFU did Rs219.14million of CD against the target of Rs225 million. During the month of April FY16-17, the AFU was assigned the target of Rs255million of CD while it generated Rs196.00million under the same head.
During March FY16-17, the AFU was allocated Rs225.00million of CD whereas it collected Rs219.14million under the same head. During February FY16-17, the AFU received Rs159.72million against the set target of Rs185.00million and, during the month of JanuaryFY16-17, the AFU earned Rs211.76million of CD against the assigned target of Rs220.00million.
During December FY16-17, the AFU got Rs200.74million against the allocated target of Rs215.00million whereas the AFU collected Rs152.9million of CD against the set target of Rs200.00million during the month of November FY16-16. The AFU was given the target of Rs148.48million of CD against the assigned target of Rs185.00million during October FY16-17.
Deputy Collector explained that, during the month of September FY16-17, the AFU was allocated Rs140.00million of CD while it earned Rs143.00million against the assigned target for said period.