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Pakistan Customs to establish National Targeting Centre to identify high-risk items

LAHORE: Pakistan Customs will set up an automated National Targeting Centre (NTC) to identify high-risk items and persons through facial recognition technology to increase enforcement at all entry and exit points as part of the coordinated border management plan.

According to details, the NTC will be established with the support of all regional headquarters of Pakistan Customs.

Directorate of Immigration and Passports, National Database Registration Authority (NADRA), Advance Passenger Information System, Currency Declaration System, National Customs Enforcement Network, Cargo Targeting System, Inland Anti-Smuggling Monitoring Mechanism, and other relevant authorities will supply information to the NTC.

Earlier, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has amended sales tax rules for installing surveillance cameras at factory premises to monitor production of goods in various sectors to prevent tax evasion.

The FBR issued SRO 889(I)/2020 on Monday to amend Sales Tax Rules, 2006 and introduced rules namely ‘Video Analytics Rules for Electronic Monitoring of Production of Specified Goods.’

The FBR said that the provisions of the rules shall apply to video surveillance for electronic monitoring of production on real-time basis.

The FBR shall monitor, under these rules, the goods specified in Third Schedule appended to the Sales Tax Act, 1990.

 

 

 

2020-10-21
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