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Imports from Afghanistan cleared under TIR Carnet test operation

Imports from Afghanistan cleared under TIR Carnet test operation

PESHAWAR: Customs department used new system to clear import vehicles from Afghanistan to Pakistan at Peshawar.

Test- operation of import cargo of fresh apples under TIR Carnet from Afghanistan was successfully processed. Export cargo under TIR Carnet has already been processed and shipment successfully reached Afghanistan.

Two consignments of raw cotton have also reached Torkham from Mashad Iran via Afghanistan under TIR Carnet which will be cleared after completion of customs requirements. Another consignment of fresh fruit reached Torkham on Sunday.

TIR Carnet operation of export and import has started following Pakistan’s accession to TIR Convention in July 2015.

A document pursuant to the TIR (Transport International Routier) permitted sealed road transport shipments to traverse TIR-member countries without undergoing customs inspection until reaching the destination country. Each TIR Carnet has a unique reference number.

A TIR Carnet may have 4, 6, 14, or 20 vouchers, as one pair of vouchers is used per country. The number of vouchers indicates the number of countries that can be transited, including the countries of departure and destination while under cover of this type of Carnet (e.g. a 20-voucher Carnet may be used for a TIR transport through up to 10 countries). Each individual TIR Carnet can be used for only one TIR transport.

Once the TIR transport has been terminated at the Customs office of destination of the goods, the driver is handed back the TIR Carnet duly endorsed by the Customs authorities of destination.