LAHORE: Collectorate of Customs Appraisement & Facilitation Collector Amjadur Rehman directed terminal operators to extend free period of 15 days.
The collector instructed the Chief Traffic Manager (CTM), Pakistan Railways, Mughalpura Dry port, Senior Manager NLC Dry port, Thokar Niaz Baig. Manager Operations, Lahore Terminal Manager, MICT, Prem Nagar Dry Port to extend the free period of 15 days as announced by the government.
He referred Board’s instructions issued vide letter C.No. 3(1)E&C/2017 dated 31.03.2020 whereby 15 days free period in charging demurrage and detention has been granted in addition to free time already allowed to the ground handling agents port authorities.
A number of importers have approached field formations of FBR aggrieved that FBR directions are not being followed by Terminal Operators. Board’s letter clearly mentioned the challenges faced in supply chain operations in the face of COVID-19.
The Collector said it is directed to comply with the above referred directives that demurrage and detention charges may not be charged from the importers for a period of 15 days in addition to free time already allowed by the ground handling agents/ port authorities.