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Solid economic policies to ward off prevailing crises: Governor Punjab Ch Sarwar

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that he used his influence and experience in the European Parliament to campaign for GSP Plus status for Pakistan. Getting GSP Plus status is a great success of the current government. In an exclusive interview with Customs Today, the Governor revealed that since the beginning of September 2013, he has been battling to ... Read More »

Taxpayers, tax officials can rid Pakistan of economic crunch: Asif Jah

LAHORE: Pakistan’s economic problems can be resolved if taxpayers and tax officers prefer larger national interests over their personal and limited interests. This was the upshot of an exclusive interview of Customs Health Care Society (CHCS) President and Additional Collector Asif Mehmood Jah with Customs Today. Asif Mehmood Jah, a qualified MBBS doctor and CSP officer, hails from Sargodaha. He ... Read More »

Solid economic policies attracting foreign investors: Pervaiz Malik

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (N) Lahore President and MNA Pervaiz Malik has said that the PML-N government always introduced traders-friendly policies after coming into power to promote business activities in the country. In the same way, traders also come forward and fully cooperate with the government for development and progress of the country. In an exclusive interview with Customs Today, ... Read More »

Govt must ensure early modernisation of Pak Customs: Tariq Huda

KARACHI: It would be disastrous if fresh recruitments are not made in Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive on a war footing basis. This was stated by Collector MCC Preventive S. M. Tariq Huda during an exclusive interview with Customs Today at his office. “New recruitments of chemists, IT specialists, analysts and other professionals should be made within couple of years”, he added. The ... Read More »

FBR closely monitoring collection of Customs duty: Member Customs

ISLAMABAD: Member Customs Nisar Muhammad said that Pakistan has an edge of long route through northwest border and coastal belt but smuggling of contrabands, industrial raw material and petroleum products is continued through this route, damaging the economy of Pakistan. While talking to Customs Today in an exclusive interview, Member Customs said another element which should not be ignored is ... Read More »

Advanced weapons, vehicles essential to eradicate smuggling: Collector Imtiaz

ISLAMABAD: Modal Customs Collectorate, Islamabad Collector Imtiaz Ahmed Warraich expressed the hope that the department would achieve revenue target set by the federal government for fiscal year 2013-14. In an exclusive interview with Customs Today, he said that out of this year’s total target of Rs10,100 million, the department would collect Rs3,825 million as customs duty, Rs3,570 million as sales ... Read More »

Customs procedures and laws need to be simplified: Sohail Lashari

LAHORE: LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari said there are quite a few other things that if given proper direction could create a whole new lot of exporters. For instance, customs procedures need urgent corrective measures. It is not the customs laws alone that need improvement but the staff as well because being the wheels of the same vehicle they are ... Read More »

Michael bent on putting ports and shipping industry back on track

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Ports and Shipping Kamran Michael said that forceful encroachment by different corrupt groups at Port Qasim is a matter of great concern and an Anti-Encroachment Cell has been set up to halt this illegal practice at the earliest. The cell was not fully functional before but we have now made it a powerful authority to deal with ... Read More »

MMC Preventive-East collects 15 pc additional revenue: Collector Abdul Rasheed

KARACHI: Collector MCC-Appraisement (East) Abdul Rasheed Shaikh hoped that the collectorate will definitely achieve the tax target set for fiscal year 2013-14 by FBR. The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC)-Appraisement (East) has collected 15 percent additional revenue in the first quarter of the current fiscal year 2013-14, as compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year. This was stated ... 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 »

MCC Preventive suffering shortage of field staff: Additional Collector

KARACHI: Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Preventive is facing acute shortage of field staff and needs urgent recruitment of additional work force to enhance performance. Additional Collector Headquarters (HQs) Shafqat Ali Khan Niazi said this while talking to Customs Today at his office in Customs House. The Additional Collector (HQs) said that the authorities have written letters to Federal Board of ... Read More »

FBR applying int’l customs standards locally, says Dr Zubair

ISLAMABAD: Dr. Mohammad Zubair, Chief International Customs at FBR Headquarters, Islamabad, has said that their role is not only to keep abreast of the ongoing customs reforms and changes internationally but also to implement the emerging trends locally. Cooperation among international customs people is very important to secure the interests of exporters and importers. In an exclusive interview with Customs ... Read More »

Customs “one-window system” key to pushing imports, exports: Gen Secy PIFFA

KARACHI: Pakistan Customs should introduce a “one-window system” for the enhancement of imports and exports, where all operations would be performed under one roof. This was stated by Habibullah A. Latif, General Secretary Pakistan International Freight Forwarders Association (PIFFA) during an exclusive interview with Customs Today at his office. PIFFA General Secretary further said that customs operations in foreign countries ... Read More »

Amnesty scheme, smuggling main reasons for less revenue collection: Mandokhel

ISLAMABAD: Senator Engineer Humayun Khan Mandokhel, Member Senate Standing Committee on Finance & Revenue, has said that the reversing of the duty on unregistered persons from 19 per cent to 18 per cent will be helpful in collecting more revenue but the step can harm the drive for documenting the unregistered persons. On the other hand, the raise in customs ... Read More »

KCCA committee to take up all issues with Customs high-ups: Iftikhar Shaikh

KARACHI: Newly-elected President Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) Iftikhar Ahmed Shaikh has said that he believes dialogue is the best way to resolve issues with customs authorities and the association is willing to fully cooperate with the Customs Department in this regard. In his first and exclusive interview with Customs Today after his election as KCAA President, Shaikh said that ... Read More »

PRA will be collecting Rs100b in 5 years: Iftikhar Qutab

LAHORE: In its short life the newly established Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA), has many milestones to its credit. Besides finalizing its administrative structure and developing rules and regulations and working procedures, it has also met its target of collecting revenue of Rs 37 billion Sales Tax on Services within the first year of its initiation. Before the PRA was set ... Read More »

ATT scam: Burney terms allegations against Customs agents ‘baseless

KARACHI: The issuance of over 1,100 Order-in Original (ONOs) by Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Port Qasim against the Customs agents in Afghan Transit Trade (ATT) scam are baseless and the scam should be resolved on merit. This was stated by All Pakistan Customs Agents Association (APCAA) Chairman Syed Shams Burney during an exclusive interview with Customs Today. Burney demanded of ... Read More »

KCCA President decries bifurcation of PaCCS Collectorate

KARACHI: President Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) Saifullah Khan has termed the introduction of four different Collectorates namely Port Qasim Collectorate, East Collectorate, West Collectorate and Export Collectorate in one WeBOC System, a conspiracy against the country. Commenting on Web Based One-Customs (WeBOC) System in an exclusive interview with Customs Today, President KCAA informed that the said system was introduced ... Read More »

Customs Intelligence focused to thwart menace of smuggling: Manzoor Memon

KARACHI: The Directorate of Customs Intelligence & Investigation (I&I) Karachi is fully focused to bring to an end the rising trend of smuggling and to thwart the menace of duty evasion through mis-declaration. This was stated by Director Customs Intelligence & Investigation (I&I), Karachi Dr Manzoor Hussain Memon during an exclusive interview with Customs Today at his office. Sharing his ... Read More »