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Early implementation of integrated border management system

To, Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Nawaz Sharif   Respected Sir,   I would like to request you to please issue directives to expedite the pace of ongoing trade with India through Wagha Border. Early implementation of a well-tailored and well thought-out Integrated Border Management System at Wagha in consultation with all the public and private sector stakeholders is need ... Read More »

Shortage of advanced machinery at QICT for de-stuffing, re-stuffing

To, The Manager Operations, Qasim Int’l Containers Terminal Karachi   Respected Sir,   I would like to draw your kind attention towards the burning issue pertaining to the scarcity of the latest equipment being used for handling of scrap at Qasim International Containers Terminal (QICT). I would like to inform you that the importers are facing immense problems and difficulties ... Read More »

Unfair charges by terminals, shipping companies

To,   The Minister for Ports & Shipping, Kamran Michael, Islamabad   Respected Sir, I would like to draw your kind attention towards the unfair and unnecessarily rates charged by the terminal operators and shipping companies from the importers in share of terminal handling. The importers are compelled to pay hefty amounts in share of service charges including R&D charges, ... Read More »

Increasing Pak-India trade need of the hour

To   The Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif,   Respected Sir, I would like to draw your attention towards the low volume of trade between India and Pakistan. The promotion of trade between the two countries is the only way to achieve the common goal of progress and prosperity in the region. The two neighbouring countries should not mix trade with ... Read More »

Importers seek removal of impediments at AFU

To,   The Chairman FBR, Tariq Bajwa, Islamabad   Respected Sir,   I would like to draw your attention towards the various issues being faced by importers and customs agents at the Air Freight Unit (AFU), Jinnah International Airport, as their problems are being multiplied with every passing day due to the pathetic performance of officials at the Examination Hall. ... Read More »

Appeal to revamp infrastructure at Railway Station

To,   The Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique   Sir, I want to draw your kind attention towards the poor infrastructure at Pak-India section at Lahore Railway Station as its dilapidated condition and rampant theft incidents are hitting hard the trade between the two countries. At a time when you are utilizing all your energies to improve both ... Read More »

Appeal to withdraw sales tax on security services

To,   The Federal Finance Minister, Islamabad   Respected Sir, I would like to draw your attention towards a serious issue confronting by business community pertaining to imposition of sales tax on security services. It is an entirely unjustified act to impose sales tax on security services, as it will further swell up woes of traders, affecting business activities. It ... Read More »

Transporters grievances not yet redressed

To, The Commissioner, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Karachi   Respected Sir,   I would like to inform you that grievances of transporters have not yet been redressed by the authorities concerned despite your assurance to the transporters’ bodies regarding solving of their problems as soon as possible. Through this letter, I would like to draw your kind attention towards the burning ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Clearing Agents appeal for early solution of problems

To,   Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan, Honourable Chief Justice of Sindh High Court   Sir, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has accused the innocent Customs Clearing Agents in lieu of National Logistic Cell (NLC) in the case of Nato missing containers. The NAB probed into the matter on completely illegal, unlawful, unjustified and unpractical grounds. Safe transportation for Afghan Transit ... Read More »

Transporters facing severe parking problems

To, Federal Minister for Ports & Shipping, Govt of Pakistan, Islamabad   Respected Sir,   We — transporters community– are facing severe problems pertaining to parking of our vehicles. The 13,600 sq. yards of land located near Karachi Fisheries was allotted to transporters in 1996 for parking their trucks, cranes and trawlers but the land mafia with the patronization of ... Read More »

Damages during examination of export shipment

To,   DG ANF, Ministry of Narcotics Control Islamabad   Dear Sir, We would like to state that we are operating as customs agents under license No. 998. Our professional services include packing and removal of household goods, personal effects cargo and filling of containers and its delivery services around the world. Please note that recently we packed 151 packages ... Read More »

Transporters demand adequate security

To,   The Prime Minister, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif   Respected Sir, We – members of United Goods Transporters (UGT) and Transporters of Goods Association (TGA) — are concerned over inadequate security on the roads leading to Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) and Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT), where thousands of containers are off-loaded on regular basis and around 6,000 ... Read More »

Lax security at Port Qasim

To,   The Chairman, Port Qasim Authority (PQA), Karachi   Respected Sir,   I would like to draw your kind attention towards a sensitive issue related to security outside the Port Qasim Area. This is a very important area where goods worth millions of rupees move all the time but there is no patrolling by the officials of Port Qasim ... Read More »

A fervent appeal for help

To,   The Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif   Respected Sir,   We, members of the importer community, are badly affected by the increase in Sales Tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) by 2 to 3per cent respectively. The importers of the country are also facing multiple problems in terms of clearance of goods at different terminals, lack of efficiency ... Read More »

Poor facilities at PICT

To,   Honourable Kamram Michael Federal Minister for Port and Shipping Government of Pakistan Islamabad   Sir, Exporters are facing immense difficulties and problems at the hands of terminal operators at different terminals. This is specially so at the Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT) where the terminal staff with its slackness cause the exporters tremendous mental agony. The terminal operators ... Read More »

Misappropriations of Export Development Surcharge

To,   The Minister of Commerce Government of Pakistan Islamabad   Sir, Export Development Surcharge of 0.25% of FOB Value is being collected from the exporters by the negotiating banks on behalf of the Government of Pakistan as per SRO No 10 (I) 2003 dated 04-01-2003. The funds collected from the exporters are meant to be used in Export Promotion ... Read More »

Appeal to the Finance Minister submitted by Data Controlling Assistants

  To, Honourable Mr Ishaq Dar Federal Finance Minister, Government of Pakistan Islamabad   Sir, We, the Data Controlling Assistants (DCAs) working in the Computer Bureau Department of Customs House, Karachi, make the following submissions for your kind consideration: We 26 DCAs, currently working in Grade-10, have been waiting for our due promotions for the last 15 years. For the ... Read More »

Augmenting customs revenue

To,   Member Customs FBR Headquarters, Islamabad   Sir,   Following are few suggestions to boost Customs revenue: 1). Laboratory Test Reports of the goods may be provided on the system to the Traders/Agents like examination reports. 2). The commercial importers of plant and machinery have to submit a pay-order or bank guarantee equivalent to the amount of Sales Tax ... Read More »

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