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    Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    Simplify the issuance of rebate Cheques of leather products in 10 days like Karachi

    MULTAN, May 24th: Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry(MCCI)’s President Khawaja Jalaluddin Roomi urged the Collector of Customs (MCC) Multan Saud Imran Ahmed to  simplify the issuance of rebate Cheques of leather products  within ten days like Karachi and double wharfage system must be abolished for the survival of dry ports and  a Help Desk of Customs  be established at Multan Chamber  to facilitate our members and provide them the required informations.Khawaja Jalaluddin Roomi also expressed deep concern over extra ordinary delays in the clearance of consignment in WeBOC system which was causing huge financial losses and misuse of power by concerned officials is spreading discontentment and harassment.The response time for the WEBOC server is very slow, and thus require an upgrade. He voiced for Automation of database instead of manual clearance and maximum examination should be 3 days and thereafter, demurrages be waived off. He said that the customs department is striving to make the Web Based One Custom (WeBOC) more familiar with the stakeholders and the customs officials are always available to resolve their problems related to the system.Roomi  demanded that customs clearance timing at dry ports should be uniform and be fixed in consonance with Karachi ports which operate for 24 hours. He demanded that the import trade price should be uniform as there is large difference in import trade policy from port to port. He also demanded that customs felicitation services including PRAL timings at dry ports be uniform and the receiving of documents and clearance custom facilities be extended till midnight.
    MCCI President said that the wharfage initially paid at Dry Ports is again charged at Karachi sea ports. He said that charges Rs 4626, KICT Rs 5010 and QICT Rs 4563 for  40 ft container from dry ports as Receiving/Delivery/ Operation charges, although the containers of dry ports are driven straight from the gate to the ready stock (bonded area) and do not pass through the process adopted by the sea ports. Hence, their charges from dry ports are unjustifiable.He demanded that these charges of sea ports should be eliminated in case of dry ports cargo COllector Customs of Model Custonms Collectorate Multan Saud Imran Ahmed said  that the government is fully aware of the problems being confronted by dry ports and is keen to improve the export/import activities at the dry ports to reduce the rush of cargo at sea ports of the country.He said, “there are some difficulties but we are trying to resolve it, the department is doing its best to make this system state-of-the-art in real terms.” He further said the customs authorities have also agreed to eliminate all lengthy procedures to obtain the user ID and password for WeBOC. Moreover, he said the authority has also decided to make payment of duty and taxes as per valuation rulings mandatory for stakeholders and would penalise the good declarants and custom officials in case of its violation. Regarding the two holidays in a week, Collector said that it is a Federal Government decision.He said    Customs Collectorate Multan  has collected Rs3162.038 millions revenue during the first twenty days of May current fiscal year. Collectorate of Multan Customs collected Rs772.203 million under the head of customs duty from 1st May to 20th May. On the other side, Federal Board of Revenue has allotted customs duty revenue collection target of Rs903.480 million to Multan Customs Collectorate for the month of May. The Customs Collectorate has attained 85% of the assigned revenue collection target of customs duty during the first 20 days of May. Multan Customs is tackling with huge collection task of customs duty and Collectorate has managed to collect their major part during the first 20 days and remaining customs duty will be collected in the remaining days of the month.He further said that  Customs Collectorate has made collection of Rs2375.717 million in the first 20 days of May. The Federal Board of Revenue has set the sales tax collection target of Rs4451 million in the first 20 days for the May. Multan Customs is facing shortfall in the revenue collection of sales tax reduced collection in the sales taxes due to decrease in the import clearances at the Multan Dry Port.The collection of sales taxes at the Multan Customs Collectorate is also facing constant decline due to drop in the clearances of HSD products from Multan Dry Port.Multan Customs has made the collection of Rs8.104 million under the head of federal excise duty (FED)  in the first 20 days of the May against the given revenue task of Rs15 million for whole month of May .The Customs Collectorate Multan has collected Rs8.14 million of income tax against the assigned task of Rs20 million for the month of May in the first 20 days of May of the on-going financial year 2016-17. Collector Customs was hopeful that they will achieve assigned collection task for the month of May in the remaining days of May due to their adopted strategy.
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