Web-Based One Customs launched at Karachi International Container Terminal

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Thursday rolled out the Web-Based One Customs (WeBOC) auto-clearance system at the Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) after its launching at Port Qasim Collectorate and PICT last year. The board has asked exporters to file and process goods declarations through WeBOC from Saturday. The new system is going to replace Pakistan Automation Clearance Customs System (PaCCS).

According to an FBR announcement, all vessels reporting at the KICT from Jan 9 and onward would also be linked with the new system of WeBOC by filing their vessel intimation report which is normally received five to seven days earlier.

Similarly, GDs pertaining to imports will also be filed and processed through WeBOC from Jan 8.

However, the board informed importers, exporters and customs agents that existing exclusions in PaCCS, such as in-bond cargo, Afghan transit cargo and trans-shipments going to upcountry would continue to be processed under One Customs.

Meanwhile, the FBR has assured that GDs presently under process at PaCCS would be cleared at the earliest but not later than Jan 15.

Khurram Ijaz, former president of Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA), was critical of the FBR move to role out WeBOC at KICT and said that two days cut-off period was too little to coup up with the situation because importers and their agents normally pay customs duty in advance and immediately after receiving arrival report of a vessel.

Consequently, he said the short period given by the FBR for shifting over to the new system would result in hardship for trade and industry and also cause delays for clearance of export consignments and demanded that at least seven to 10 days be given. All users of the WeBOC are still to have IDs and this would require time. Simultaneous working of two clearance systems would cause confusion and ultimately end up in refund claims, he added.

Khurram Ijaz further stated that the FBR had been assuring that only one auto-clearance system would work, but the new announcement was allowing both PaCCS and WeBOC to work simultaneously.

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