PESHAWAR: Collector Gul Rehman of Model Customs Collectorate Peshawar has extended his profound and heartfelt Eid greetings to the employees of the collectorate and trader community (Chambers, importers and clearing agents) of Khyber Pakhtoon Khawa (KP).
While talking with Customs Today during an exclusive interview, the collector urged all the officers and staff members of the collectorate to perform their duties with utmost devotion and sincerity for the achievement of revenue goals and best facilitation for traders’ community by maintaining a zero tolerance to inefficiency and corruption on the part of the staff.
The collector said he himself will provide every support to the staff for sorting out any problems and issues regarding the imports and exports and other allied matters connected with the collectorate. He is hopeful of achieving the revenue targets for the current financial year (FY) 2017-18. The collector told CT that, after assuming the charge as collector MCC Peshawar, the Anti-Smuggling Squad (ASO) Peshawar made big seizures in numbers during a very short time which include smuggling of currencies, weapons, narcotics, foreign origin cigarettes and other smuggling goods of Rs100million.
Collector MCC Peshawar Gul Rahman said that, after assuming the charge of MCC Peshawar, the ASO also impounded several offending (Vehicles used for carrying smuggling goods) and Non-Duty Paid (NDP) vehicles from different locations under the jurisdiction of the MCC Peshawar.
The collector is hoping for a good cooperation from the trader community of the region as he is also focusing on a good relationship and liaison with other law enforcement agencies (LEAs) for curbing the menace of trafficking.
Telling about the performance of the MCC Peshawar during the initial 30 days of August FY17-18 in comparison with the corresponding period, he said that, during said period, the MCC Peshawar earned Rs115.24million extra revenue of Customs Duty (CD) against the same period of last year FY16-17. During said period, the collectorate generated Rs733.27million as CD during 30 days of August FY17-18 while MCC Peshawar did Rs681.03million under the same head during the same period of FY16-17.
The collector further said the collectorate of Peshawar received Rs107.42million extra With Holding tax (WHT) during the 1st to 30th of August FY17-18 against revenue collection under the same head. During August of previous FY 16-17, he added that, during above said period of August FY17-18, the collectorate collected Rs429.39million of WHT whereas it did Rs321.97million during the same period of FY16-17 under the head of WHT. He also told that the collectorate earned extra revenue amounting to Rs114.97million as Sales Tax (ST) during 30 days of August FY17-18 against the same corresponding period while the collectorate of Peshawar got extra amount of Rs8.79million of Federal Excise Duty (FED) during 30 days of August FY17-18 under the collection of the same head during August FY16-17.