Smuggling from Iran through Balochistan including Chaman Border badly affecting local industry: Business leaders

Karachi, March 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Smuggling of different items from Iran through Balochistan including Chaman Border has been badly affecting the local industry of Pakistan and the government also well aware of it. This underscores the need to take more positive steps by the Customs authorities to protect the local industries and legal importers.

This was stated by Mr. Zakaria Usman, President and Mr. Tariq Sayed, former President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in a meeting with Mr. Muhammad Yahya, Chief Collector Customs – Enforcement (South) who visited FPCCI Head Office Karachi along with Mr. Wasif Ali Memon, Collector Customs (MCC Exports) and Mr. Agha Shahid Majeed Khan, Collector of Model Customs Collectorate, Port Qasim.

Mr. Zakaria Usman further stated that the black economy is growing in the country due to the unabated increase in smuggling activities. The Customs authorities should find out the reasons that why the smuggling of such items is increasing which can be imported through legal channel easily.

The reason may be the complicated policies for legal tax payers. The valuation department of Customs needs more improvement as now a day the procedures of the valuation of items are complicated. He suggested that all items should be attached with the international publications which will be very easy to the customs authorities as well as the tax payers. .

The meeting was attended also attended by Mr. Shaukat Ahmed, Sr. Vice President and Mr. Mazhar Ali Nasir, Mr. Khurram Sayeed, Vice Presidents of FPCCI and Mr. Saqib Fayyaz Maggon, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Customs who identifying the smuggling of plastic granules, sulphuric acid, tiles and other items and said it is discouraging the real importers and giving loss to the concerned industries. They also invited the attention of the Collector Customs towards the problems in customs clearance and under invoicing due to which the local industries are badly affected.

Mr. Muhammad Yahya, Chief Collector Customs Enforcement informed that the Customs Department has been doing its utmost efforts in this regards due to which the smuggling activities have been reduced to some extent and that their efforts will be continued.

He assured the business community for utilization of maximum available resources to curb the smuggling and under invoicing. He also proposed the FPCCI’s Budget proposals should first consulted with the concerned Customs Collect orates so that FBR may feel it comfortable to understand and incorporate them in the budget.

For more information, contact:
M.A.Lodhi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Shahra-e-Firdousi,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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