Karachi –– Usman Sheikh, Acting President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has said that exporters play a pivotal role in national development and FPCCI is trying to resolve their problems on priority basis.
He was talking to a delegation of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP) consisting of chairman REAP Irfan Ahmed Sheikh, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Rice Exports Abdul Aziz Ghaffar, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on customs Shaukat Ahmad, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Media Rahim Janoo, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Social Corporate Responsibility Muhammad Siddique Shaikh, Abdul Rafiq, Tariq Yunus, Naveed Sheikh, Shabir Shaikh, Anwar Mian Noor, Akhtar Zaman. Collector of Customs (Export) Ibrahim Vighio also called on him.
Shaikh said that new customs online software WEBOC will start its function from May 7th and rice exports are included in it, which is a good news for rice exporters. He urged the collector customs (export) to exempt the prominent exporters from the checking of Drug Enforcement Cell (DEC) and Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) on production of affidavit on judicial stamp paper, who come after seven o’clock at port. He said that exporters bear demurral charges due to the checking of DEC and ANF. He also condemned the shipping line agents who fix the self-made currency exchange rates, claim hidden charges, and demanded the government to establish regulatory body for the shipping line agents to protect exporters.
Talking on the occasion, Ibrahim Vighio said that the new software will help to eliminate complaints of exporters and we are making efforts to facilitate the exporters to bring maximum foreign exchange for Pakistan’s prosperity and development. He assured the delegation and acting President FPCCI that cut-off and listed containers will be cleared same day and rebate claims will be paid as soon as possible. Acting President thanked the collector customs (exports) and presented federation crest to him.