MULTAN: Business community should utilize clearance facilities of Multan Dry Port and their problems would be resolved on top-priority basis.
It was stated by Multan Customs Collector Amrbreen Ahmad Tarar while talking to reporters in meeting with All Pakistan Upholstery and Bed sheets Manufacturing Association. She expressed that Multan Customs Dry Port is the only port available in the region for business community which facilitates exporters of the South Punjab for their export batches. Multan Dry Port is facilitating the exporters round the clock for clearance of their export shipments.
She said Multan Customs is providing full assistance to exporters for the promotion of trade in the region and Multan Customs has also established the special export terminal at Muzaffargarh for facilitation of exporters.
President Syed Muhammad Asim Shah informed Collector Ambreen that exporters are contributing a lot towards the national exchequer and played a vital role in development of exports but there is lethargy in resolution of their concerned issues from department.
He said that WeBOC system is creating problems to exporters of South Punjab due to its technical complications. He added that export shipments were cleared on One Customs in Multan Dry Port before the launching of WeBOC and due to several complications in WeBOC clearance systems exporters face difficulty in updating their export data.
It is also really difficult for exporters to correct any mistake even a simple typographic error through WeBOC system and several rebate cases of exporters were expired due to exceed of their time limit and he requested Collector to process said rebate cases on merit which were not claimed after expiration of their time by giving them opportunity in this regard.
Exporter Khawaja Muhammad Yousaf expressed that Multan Customs is consuming additional time for the clearance of export shipments containers at the Multan Dry Port due to presence of less staff for smooth handling. He suggested that Customs should deploy more staff at Multan Dry Port to expedite the clearance process of Shipments and ensure timely clearance of all shipments without any delay.
He said that exporters were not using the up-country dry port due to considerable delay in refund and rebate claims as compared to duration of refund or rebate claims at Karachi Collectorate. Refund claims are process early in the Karachi Collectorate but exporters face delay in Multan for the reimbursement of refund claims.
Syed Muhammad Asim Shah said that Anti-Narcotics Force is doing double checking of export consignment due to unavailability of online system in the Multan Dry Port and they examined export shipments again in the Karachi which consume additional time of exporters and it also cause unnecessary delay in the clearance of shipment. Exporters demanded to connect online system of Anti-Narcotics Force with Multan Dry Port to avoid ruthless double checking of shipments at Karachi.
Exporters complained to Collector Ambreen Ahmad Tarar that due to non-professional behavior of Anti-Narcotics Force they destroyed the packing and export products at the time of checking and exporters have to pay heavy claims to foreign companies in compensation which also caused huge loss to national exchequer along with exporters.
Members APBUMA Sheikh Muhammad Tayab and Zulfiqar Ali informed Customs Collector Tarar they face trouble in transshipment of their samples to abroad for international trade exhibitions and orders through Multan International Airport and they demanded Collector to ensure early clearance of export samples from Multan International Airport for promotion of export by smooth facilitation of Shipments.
Collector Ambreen Ahmad Tarar addressed exporters that their genuine complaints will be resolved on priority basis and Multan Customs will reimburse payments of exporters in rebate cases without any further delay from Collectorate.
She told them that she will discuss the issue of double checking of shipments from Anti-Narcotics Force with Directorate of Reforms and Automation to redress their grievance and ensure that smooth clearance of consignments from Multan Dry Port and Airport will be done in future to facilitate export and imports round the clock.
Meanwhile، Chairman APBUMA Syed Muhammad Asim Shah and Khawaja Muhammad Yousaf handed over honorary shield to Collector Ambreen Ahmad Tarar.