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VRs of imported ‘almond in shell’ and ‘almond shelled’ issued

KARACHI: The Directorate General of Customs Valuation has determined the Customs values of the almond in shell and almond shelled imported from Iran, Afghanistan and the United States through a valuation ruling No.604/2013 Under Section 25-A of the Customs Act, 1969. According to the Valuation Ruling (VR) No. 604/2013, almond in shell (imported from Afghanistan and Iran) having the Pakistan ... Read More »

Resumption of tomato import from India reduces local prices

LAHORE: The resumption of import of tomato from India has reduced wholesale rates of the commodity by Rs 300 per 22 kilogram crate. According to customs officials at Wagah border, almost 35 trucks carrying tomato entered Pakistan after clearance. They pointed out that the supply was stuck at the Indian side due to Diwali holidays. However, work was kicked off ... Read More »

MCCI wants Karachi port like facilities at Multan Dry Port

MULTAN: Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President Khawaja Muhammad Usman has said that inefficiency of Multan Dry Port authorities forcing local importers and exporters to do business through Karachi. He said this while addressing a meeting with Collector Customs Tausif Ahmed Qureshi of Model Customs Collectorate. Multan Dry Port Trust Chairman Khawaja Muhammad Younus, DGCCI President Muhammad Anees ... Read More »

Effective implementation of economic policies can make a big difference: BoI Chairman

ISLAMABAD: Without improving economic fundamentals of the country, the investment-to-GDP ratio cannot be improved in Pakistan, said Chairman Board of Investment Mohammad Zubair. In an exclusive interview with Customs Today at his office just before his departure for UK, Germany and many other parts of the world to lure foreign investors for boosting investment in Pakistan, Chairman BoI said that ... Read More »

Customs teams to check arm imports

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs has formed six teams to collect data regarding sale and purchase of arms in Karachi. The teams will comprehensively scrutinise the arms dealers’ record of the import of weapons and ammunition. A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry in recent hearing of the Karachi law and order case took up the issue of ... Read More »

Rs3m worth of smuggled cigarettes, cigars seized

LAHORE: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Inland Revenue Intelligence has impounded millions of rupees worth of smuggled non-duty paid cigarettes and cigars from an outlet of a popular chain of tobacco at Qadafi Stadium. The Inland Intelligence seized cigarettes and cigars following the none-compliance of the notice served upon the owner of the tobacco shop. Sources said that FBR team ... Read More »

Russian Customs prevents smuggling of military equipment

MOSCOW: Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS) has prevented smuggling of military equipment from Azerbaijan. According to FCS, Dagestan customs officers detained a large consignment of military equipment at the Azerbaijan border. Equipment was intended for transporting to Russia without customs declaration. “Undeclared goods – “military equipment of special purpose” for defence and law enforcement structures marked as “special equipment” in ... Read More »

Dubai Customs launches advanced gold, jewellery valuation training programme

DUBAI: The Dubai Customs Training Centre has inaugurated a new training course specialised in gold and jewellery valuation. The training course is in line with Dubai Customs’ commitment to building staff capabilities and strengthening their qualifications, thereby enabling them -with high efficiency-to better protect UAE ports, and to promote legal trade internationally. The design of the new Gold and Jewellery ... Read More »

LTBA seeks removal of complexities in PRAL system

LAHORE: Lahore Tax Bar Association (LTBA) demanded of the Federal Finance Minister and Chairman Federal Board of Revenue to remove complexities in the PRAL system (Pakistan Revenue Automation Ltd) as it is creating multiple problems for taxpayers. The demand was raised at a meeting of Lahore Tax Bar Association. The meeting was presided over by the President (LTBA) Qari Habibur ... Read More »

Transfers and postings of PCS officers

ISLAMABAD: FBR has made the following transfers and postings of the officers of Pakistan Customs Service (BS-20). As per notification, Muhammad Ibrahim Vighio (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) has been transferred from Collector Model Customs Collectorate, Quetta to Collector Model Customs Collectorate, Hyderabad; Muhammad Asif Marghoob Siddiqui (Pakistan Customs Service/BS-20) from Collector Model Customs Collectorate, Hyderabad to Collector Collectorate of Customs (Adjudication-II), ... Read More »

Customs impounds 6,000m suiting cloth

LAHORE: Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Lahore’s anti-smuggling unit Monday confiscated 6,000meter cloth being smuggled from Peshawar to Lahore. Sources said that anti-smuggling team raided a truck containing illegal non-Customs duty paid 6,000 meter suiting cloth at the Faizpur Interchange and impounded the same on the spot. The sources said that the Customs authorities have registered a case against the responsible. Read More »

WeBOC confirms use of automated system for goods clearance

KARACHI: Directorate of Web Based One Customs (WeBOC) has confirmed that only automated system should be used for clearance of goods, sources disclosed. The instructions have been issued following reports that the Preventive Staff posted at off-dock terminals and AFU have been demanding hard copies of import documents for the clearance of consignments, sources added FBR has installed hassle-free automated ... Read More »

Customs seizes smuggled goods

KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) of Preventive has seized huge quantity of smuggled merchandise goods and Iranian POL products that was arriving from Balochistan through buses from RCD Highway, a statement said. The statement issued by the Customs media cell said as a result of the fresh drive against smuggled goods launched under the directives of Customs Collector Preventive ... Read More »

PCG arrests 290 illegal immigrants

KARACHI: Pakistan Coast Guards (PCG) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in a joint operation have apprehended 290 illegal immigrants including 266 Afghans from Nalient area at Coastal Highway, Gwadar. According to PCG Spokesman Safeer Mehdi, in the first operation a team comprising officials from FIA and PCG arrested 240 illegal immigrants including 216 Afghan nationals and 24 others hailing from ... Read More »

MCCI to set up tax facilitation desk

MULTAN: Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Khawaja Muhammad Usman has met Chief Commissioner RTO Multan Hafiz Muhammad Jamil Owaisi and apprised him of grievances of the member of the Multan chamber. He told commissioner that a trade and tax facilitation desk (TFD) has been working at Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) aimed at facilitating the businesses ... Read More »

Philippine Customs tasked to hike 2014 collections by 20pc

MANILA: The government has tasked the Bureau of Customs to increase its collection of import duties and taxes next year by at least 20 per cent from its target for 2013. The Department of Finance, the parent agency of the BoC, wanted the agency to boost collections by implementing new measures against smuggling. Under the 2014 fiscal program, the collection ... Read More »

Import of natural gas: New Delhi seeks sovereign payment guarantee from Pakistan

LAHORE: New Delhi has demanded sovereign payment guarantee from Pakistan in order to export five million standard cubic meters natural gas per day to Lahore through a 110-km pipeline near Atari, top Customs officials said. “Despite the fact that both the sides are agreed that natural gas supply to Lahore from Indian Punjab is disable but sovereign payment guarantees have ... Read More »

German Customs recovers £1b Nazi art cache hidden behind food cans

BERLIN: German Customs officials have seized the haul of 1,500 works – including masterpieces by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-and Auguste Renoir – valued at £1 billion from the Munich flat of an elderly man suspected of hiding his wealth in Swiss banks. Dealer Hildebrandt Gurlitt amassed the collection during the 1930s and 1940s when he bought the art works ... Read More »

Stuck-up refund claims climb up to Rs40b

LAHORE: Pakistan Readymade Garments Mfg & Exporters Association (PRGMEA) Acting Chairman Amir Amin Kothawala and senior vice chairman (NZ) Jawwad Ch have urged the government to release stuck up refund claims accumulated into billion of rupees. In a statement, they said the stuck-up capital of the exporters has accumulated to over Rs40 billion in terms of Duty Drawback of Local ... Read More »

Customs gears up anti-smuggling operations

KARACHI/Lahore: Under the leadership of Chairman Tariq Bajwa, all wings of FBR have geared up their activities in a bid to maximise revenue collection to achieve the annual tax target of Rs2,475 billion. In line with the new spirit infused in FBR, the anti-smuggling units of the Customs Department all over the country have launched a vigorous drive to stop ... Read More »