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‘Businessmen of South Punjab should adopt value-added strategy to increase export’

‘Businessmen of South Punjab should adopt value-added strategy to increase export’

MULTAN: The business community of South Punjab needs to introduce value-added concept in the manufacturing of their raw material to boost their export which will also flourish the industry. The Multan Customs is also facing an acute shortage of female staff at the collectorate for the performance of their official task.

This was stated by Additional Collector MCC Multan Asdaq Afzal Sensera while giving an exclusive interview to Customs Today.

The exporters of South Punjab really need to evolve an innovative strategy for manufacturing their products which will generate more revenue for Multan Customs as well as national economy. Additional Collector told CT that Sialkot is importing raw material only according to the needs of its industry and it is generating a handsome foreign exchange after performing value addition for the national economy through exports of their sports, leather and other products to different countries of the world.

He said the Model Customs Collectorate Multan is playing a significant role in meeting the goals of the government by ensuring effective controls that secure remarkable revenue collection during Financial Year 2016-17. He stated that the Multan Customs attained an annual revenue collection task due to its effective adopted strategy throughout the economic year and we will continue our same approach for the accomplishment of future revenue tasks.

The general perception among the local importers about clearance from Multan Dry Port is that Clearing Agents of Karachi Region are more specialized and professional than Multan and they prefer their import clearance from Karachi to Multan. He said the Multan Customs has asked the Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) to start its clearances from the Multan Dry Port which will provide them with the same services that Karachi gets at the time of clearance.

The Multan Customs is really confronted with the shortage of female staff at the Collectorate and Collector Saud Imran Ahmad has also recognized this issue during the official meetings. Presently, three female staffers are working at the collectorate. The collectorate’s workforce is under strength of 15 to 20 percent. He informed CT that due to shortage of female staff, the Multan Customs is facing the issue of the examination of female passengers at the Multan International Airport.

He said the Multan Customs has recruited only one lady worker through National Testing Service but the collectorate requires more lady staffers who can meet the shortage of the collectorate. The collector has also ordered the preparation of a feasibility report specifically for the recruitment of female staff at the Customs Collectorate Multan.

The exporters of South Punjab need to utilize their rich agricultural raw-material advantage for manufacturing products with greater value addition. This will generate more revenue for Multan Customs as well as national economy. The Additional Collector told CT that although Sialkot is a city without a raw-material base yet its exporters import raw material according to the needs of its industry and generate a handsome foreign exchange through value-added exports of their sports, leather and other products to different countries of the world.

He said the Model Customs Collectorate Multan is playing a significant role in meeting the goals of the government by ensuring effective controls that secured remarkable revenue collection during Financial Year 2016-17. He stated that the Multan Customs attained the annual revenue collection target due to its effective strategy throughout the economic year and will continue the same approach for the accomplishment of future revenue targets.

Multan Customs is currently facing an acute shortage of female staff. Collector Saud Imran Ahmad has also recognized this issue during the official meetings. Presently, three female staffers are working at the collectorate. The Collectorate’s workforce is especially under strength of 15 to 20 per cent at sepoys level. He informed CT that due to shortage of female staff, Multan Customs is facing the issue of examination of female passengers at the Multan International Airport. This will become a greater challenge when almost 14000 Hajis are scheduled for Haj flights from this region, this year.

He said that only one lady worker got hired through National Testing Service as part of FBR recruitment. However  collectorate requires more lady staffers who can meet the shortage of the collectorate. The collector has proactively ordered the preparation of a report for higher authorities to specifically take up the issue of female staff with the Customs Collectorate Multan.