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Quetta customs planning to establish more check-posts to curb smuggling: Collector Ashraf Ali

Quetta customs planning to establish more check-posts to curb smuggling: Collector Ashraf Ali

QUETTA: Collectorate of Customs Collector Ashraf Ali said that MCC Quetta collected Rs23 billion against assigned revenue target Rs18 billion.

According to details told by Collector Quetta Ashraf Ali while talking with Customs Today during an exclusive interview he said that the Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Quetta collected Rs. 22.9 billion during the Financial year 2017-18 surpassing annual target of Rs18.136 billion set for the Financial year and registered significant growth by 42% in revenue collection against collection of Rs16 billion during last year.

Ashraf Ali quoted “We have successfully surpassed our annual target and collected additional amount of Rs4764 million” he added that customs duty collection rose to Rs8984 million and sales tax to Rs9785 million exceeding the respective annual targets of Rs7016 million and Rs8066 million.

The collector informed that the unprecedented revenue collection has been made possible due to enhanced surveillance on clearances at Customs Stations Taftan, Chaman and NLC Dry Port Quetta, facilitating bona fide trade, strengthening of customs check posts en-route and speedy disposal of seized goods and vehicles through auctions.

He further asserted that an amount of Rs1491 million was realized on account of disposal of seized goods/vehicles during the year.

He further stated that concerted anti-smuggling efforts led to impounding of 871 non-duty paid vehicles, seizure of miscellaneous goods and foreign origin diesel/petrol worth Rs. 1945 million as compared to Rs.1350 million seizures made during the corresponding period of the last financial year registering increase by 44%.

Collector Ashraf Ali stated that MCC planned to expand the reach of customs controls to inaccessible areas by establishing new Customs stations at Badini, Qamaruddin Karez and  Ghaznali on the  Pak Afghan Border.

Further efforts are also underway to improve the quality of Customs clearances through enhanced internal controls, making the Customs processes transparent, the use of technology for speedy clearances of goods, expanding the coverage of the Customs Computerized System (WeBOC) for providing a secure business environment.

In this regard, high speed internet has been installed at Custom House, Chaman and Taftan. He asserted that in the near future, all import and export clearances will be shifted to paperless WeBOC System  even at Customs Stations situated in far flung areas.

The collector appreciated the efforts of his team who made surpassing of the revenue collection target by a wide margin, possible.