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Delay in goods clearance at AFU disturbing importers

Delay in goods clearance at AFU disturbing importers

To,

 

The Chairman

Federal Board of Revenue,

Islamabad

 

Respected Sir,

Importers are suffering from deep mental agony at Air Freight Unit (AFU) due to the delay in the clearance of their Goods Declarations (GDs).

Customs officials are hardly clearing 3 to 4 GDs per day and importers are compelled to pay demurrage and detention charges on their goods due to delay.

Importers and other stakeholders are appealing to the high officials of Federal Board of Revenue to take notice of the prevailing situation at AFU as delay in clearance of GDs is increasing the woes of Customs agents, importers and other stakeholders.

Despite clear orders issued by FBR, officials are charging high prices on imported goods. The business cost has been increased with the elimination of freight memo.

AFU is also facing shortage of staff, as only eight appraisers are there to handle tonnes of cargo. The terminal operators are also charging high godown rates from importers in case of delay.

WeBOC System is not bad, but delay of 4 to 5 days in clearance of goods is affecting cost of imported goods. We request you to take immediate action in this regard so that process of goods clearance at AFU could be accelerated.

 

Thanks & Obliged,

 

Yours Sincerely,

Athar Baig,

Karachi