ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is preparing the first draft of 100% scanning project for imported goods specially from India, Afghanistan and Iran. Each and every container will be scanned under this project, it is learnt here.
Sources told Customs Today that special scanners will be installed on all border crossings, seaports and customs clearing stations.
Sources told that around 250 million Euros will be spent on this project, however, the project is being delayed till formation of new government. Meanwhile the PC-1 is being drafted and needed to be approved from the prime minister.
Sources added that FBR will present the draft to prime minister thereafter the Pilot Project will be implemented.
Sources further added that with the help of this project, the issues of mis-declaration of goods, the malfunctioning in Afghan Transit Trade and violation and misuse of Green Channel can be resolved.
Moreover, 40% of imported goods are cleared on Green and Yellow Channel, however, the misuse of these channels are recently unearthed by Customs Today which caused a serious threat to national security and exchequer. Customs Today extensively covered misuse of green channel smuggling which inflicted a loss of Rs 1000 billion on the national exchequer.