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Director Yousfani in Islamabad to discuss WeBOC modules

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  KARACHI: In less than a week the Director Directorate of Reforms and Automation Abdul Majid Yousfani rushed for Islamabad on Monday to discuss important issues with the Director General R&A, informed sources told Customs Today. The Directorate R&A has been busy developing the remaining WeBOC modules by this year which would be coming to end after 23 days. Of ... Read More »

‘Port users face problems as passing of bill delays’

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  KARACHI: Port users are facing problems due to non-passing of proposed Logistics Service Providers Authority Bill 2013, said Ports, Shipping and Multi-Modal Transport Sub-Committee of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Asif Nisar Vohra. The KCCI has liaised with the National Trade and Transport Facilitation Committee (NTTFC) of the Commerce Ministry in drafting the proposed law to help ... Read More »

Customs Court grants pre-arrest bail to 5 clearing agents

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KARACHI: Link Judge Special Customs and Taxation Court Arshad Noor Khan granted bail before arrest on Rs 500,000 surety bonds to five clearing agents in a case filed by Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement- Port Muhammad Bin Qasim. Complainant Shakeel Ahmed Khan, Appraising Officer MCC-PMBQ, has lodged a case against twelve clearing agents. Umar Farooq Advocate, the counsel for the ... Read More »

Collector Abbasi termed driving force behind renovation of NBP Customs House branch

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KARACHI: The Queue Management System at the Customs House branch of the National Bank of Pakistan would be operational by end of next month or early February 2015. The work to install the QMS at the Customs Branch of the NBP started on the 8th of last month and is scheduled to be completed within three months, Assistant Vice President ... Read More »

Appraisement-East to award Queue Management System contract to lowest bidder

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KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East has approved awarding of the installation of Queue Management System. Sources within the collectorate informed Customs Today that the Sybrid (Pvt) Limited would be awarded the contract for the installation of the system because the company was the lowest bidder. The successful company would install the complete system, including Single Counter EQMS (E-Queue ... Read More »

Appraisement-East to award contract of Queue Management System to lowest bidder

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KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East has approved awarding of the installation of Queue Management System. Sources within the collectorate informed Customs Today that the Sybrid (Pvt) Limited would be awarded the contract for the installation of the system because the company was the lowest bidder. The successful company would install the complete system, including Single Counter EQMS (E-Queue ... Read More »

Customs Appellate Tribunal declares case against anyone on presumption basis illegal

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KARACHI: Law does not allow anyone to initiate proceedings against any person on the basis of presumption, the Customs Appellate Tribunal said while announcing a consolidated judgement accepting four similar appeals. A single member bench of Customs Appellate Tribunal, headed by Tribunal Chairman Chaudhry Muhammad Tariq, said in the judgement that the language of Section 32 of the Customs Act ... Read More »

WeBOC PCA Module testing identifies problems

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    KARACHI: The internal testing of the WeBOC module by the officers of the Directorate General of Post Clearance Audit has helped identify a number of problems, informed sources told Customs Today on Friday. For instance, the sources added, an audit observation sent to Principal Appraisers, Appraisers, Principal Auditor and Auditors for verification by the officers could be sent ... Read More »

KCCI’s Vohra wants regulatory authority for shipping companies

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KARACHI: Shipping companies are fleecing importers in the absence of regulating authority, Chairman of Ports, Shipping and Multi Model Transport of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Asif Nisar Vohra said. Talking to Customs Today on Friday, he said a most apt example of this could be the long reimbursing of the container security deposit not within seven ... Read More »

Delayed grounding of containers: DG ports to chair meeting in early Jan

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KARACHI: DG Ports & Shipping Abdul Malik Ghouri would chair the third meeting to help resolve the issue pertaining to delayed grounding of containers early next month. Two meetings have already been held with all the three on-dock terminal operators to help resolve an issue which is costing the importers pay substantial additional costs in demurrage and detention charges. It ... Read More »

KCAA demands PICT to waive demurrage on grounded containers

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    KARACHI: The Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) has asked container operator KICT to waive demurrage on containers grounded by the PICT within free days. According to details, KCAA General Secretary Khurram Ijaz has written a letter to PICT Chief Operating Officer Khurram Aziz. The letter refers to the telephonic discussions between Aziz and KCAA Liaison Officer Arshad Khursheed ... Read More »

Appraisement-East collects over Rs 18.19b in Nov

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KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East collected over Rs 18,195 million revenue during November. MCC of Appraisement-East collected Rs 5,123 million under the head of Customs Duty; Rs 9,953 million in Sales Tax; Rs 3,028 million in Withholding Tax and Rs 91 million under the head of Federal Excise Duty during November. The Collectorate exceeded the November CD target ... Read More »

Javed Sarwar assumes charge as deputy collector

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KARACHI: In a latest reshuffle, Javed Sarwar Sheikh, a BPS-18 officer of the Pakistan Customs Service, has been transferred from the Directorate General of Post Clearance Audit to the Customs (Adjudication) Collectorate, Lahore. He has assumed charge as a deputy collector. Adnan Afzal, a BS-17 officer of Pakistan Customs Service, has assumed charge as the assistant Director at the Directorate ... Read More »

Pak-Afghan meeting on transit trade next month

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KARACHI: The fifth meeting of Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA) will be held next month at the Commerce Ministry, Islamabad, Transit Trade Director General Khawar Farid Maneka has told Customs Today. He said transportation, reduced travelling time and training of Afghan customs officials to help them get familiar with the automation and computerisation are on the agenda. He also ... Read More »

Zaki: Valuation Ruling No 702 to discourage legal import of toilet soap

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KARACHI: The latest valuation ruling of toilet soaps would discourage legal imports and would give rise to smuggling, former Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) president A Abdullah Zaki told Customs Today. The recent Valuation Ruling No 702/2014 dated November 25 has given no consideration to the origin of exports of toilet soaps and bracketed brands from various origins ... Read More »

PCT body of Appraisement-East classifies goods declared as ‘Polyester Pile Fabrics’

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KARACHI: The PCT Committee of the Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East has concluded that the goods declared as “Polyester Pile Fabrics” is appropriately classifiable under PCT heading 5801.9000 in terms of General Rules for Interpretation. The Additional Collector of Customs, MCC of Appraisement-West had referred a case to the PCT Committee vide letter C.NO SI/Misc/31/2013-IV dated December 28, 2013 titled “Classification of ... Read More »

Customs Preventive to auction 98,240 litres of diesel on Dec 20

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KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (Preventive), Karachi has called a tender to auction 98,240 litres of diesel on December 20. The Collectorate has invited sealed tender for the auction on “as is where is” basis quoting therein the per litre price of diesel oil, inclusive of all taxes but exclusive of 10 percent withholding tax that shall be charged on ... Read More »

Fayaz Rasool, Ali Zeb selected for foreign training

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  KARACHI: An Additional Director and a Deputy Director of Directorate General of Reforms and Automation have been selected for foreign training. Sources informed Customs Today that the two officers are Additional Director Fayaz Rasool and Deputy Director Ali Zeb Khan. Meanwhile, Abid Hussain Hakro, a BS-18 officer of Pakistan Customs, has been transferred to Directorate R&A, Karachi as Deputy ... Read More »

Appraisement-East to refloat tenders for IT hardware, furniture

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  KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East would refloat tenders for IT hardware and furniture. According to sources, a five-member committee had opened the bids for the installation of two telephone exchanges and IT hardware, including computers and accessories on November 5. The bid for the installation has been accepted, but no bid to buy IT hardware, including computers ... Read More »

3 transferred officers of Appraisement-East assume duties

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KARACHI: Three out of the five officers of the Pakistan Customs, who were transferred to Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement East, have assumed duties. Mr Khaleel Ibrahim Yousfani (BS-19) has taken the charge as an Additional Collector. He was serving as an Additional Director at Directorate of Intelligence and Investigation, FBR, Karachi previously. Mr Ali Waheed Khan (BS-18) has also ... Read More »