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Security forces to submit monthly seizure report of anti-smuggling operations to FBR

Security forces to submit monthly seizure report of anti-smuggling operations to FBR

ISLAMABAD: Security forces engaged in anti-smuggling activities to submit monthly seizure report to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).

The FBR issued SRO 578, 579 and 580(I)/2020 to amend Customs Act, 1969 making it mandatory for security forces to furnish monthly report of seizure report to the customs authorities.

The FBR has entrusted Frontier Corps, Pakistan Rangers, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and Pakistan Coast Guards to exercise the powers of customs authorities in preventing smuggling.

The Pakistan Rangers and Frontier Corps have been authorized to exercise powers of customs officials against smuggling since 2010. Meanwhile, Pakistan Maritime Security Agency and Pakistan Coast Guards was entrusted to exercise powers of customs officials since 2014.

The FBR every year extends the authority in the month of June. Through the latest SROs the FBR extended the powers till June 30, 2021.

As per the SROs the law enforcement agencies are required to provide details of seized goods/vehicles handed over to Pakistan Customs in a month to the Collector of Customs (Enforcement and Compliance) within their respective jurisdiction by 5th day of each month.