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Customs Dept. tasked to protect importers by frustrating smuggling

Customs Dept. tasked to protect importers by frustrating smuggling

PESHAWAR: The Customs Department works to curb the smuggling and takes steps to assist the importers so no compromise will be tolerated as a number of officials have also faced investigations in the history.

The Customs Acts are complicated and, due to lack of education of importers and transporters, it has become weird to ask for customs declaration at customs check-posts established by the Customs Department throughout the country.

The sources said Collector Customs Gull Rahman was talking about the surveillance system of Customs Department with the officials of the Customs House Peshawar on Friday at MCC Peshawar.

The Collector Customs was accompanied by Deputy Collector Customs HD Zakir Muhammad who informed the Collector of the matters related to general and technical branches of the Customs House Peshawar.

The Additional Collector apprised the Collector of the Federal Tax Organization and the collection showed by the Treasury Branches during the month of December in second quarter of Financial Year (FY) 2017-18.

The Collector Customs was told that Treasury Branch of the Customs House Peshawar has done a collection of Rs72.8million up to December on which Collector Customs directed to take further action in order to expand the revenue collection circle.

Assistant Collector Asma Javed Paracha informed the Collector of the enforcement of customs duties to tackle smuggling at the Peshawar Airport and a number of efforts were made to thwart the smuggling of drugs and contraband goods abroad.

The Air Freight Unit has apprehended notorious drug paddlers whose drugs were recovered from their luggage and cases were registered against them under the Customs Acts-1969.

The Collector Customs lauded the efforts of the Assistant Collector Airport and said that more steps should be taken to eliminate the menace of smuggling and stop causing the national kitty financial losses.