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TRC body seeks suggestions to review administrative structure of FBR, taxpayers services

KARACHI: The Sub-Committee of the Tax Reforms Commission-FBR has asked officials to submit their suggestions that may help to review the administrative structure of the FBR and taxpayers’ services. Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had formed the Tax Reforms Commission (TRC). The inaugural meeting of the commission was held on October 18, 2014. The second meeting was held on December ... Read More »

Appraisement-West to auction used vehicles on Jan 12

KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-West will auction a large number of used vehicles on 12 and 13 January. Fifty-one used vehicles, including Daihatsu Mira, Suzuki Wagon-R, Palette, Mazda van, Nissan Moco, Juke, Clipper, Nissan Roox; Honda Crossroad, Hybrid Insight, Life, CR-Z; Toyota Hilux, Yaris, Prius, Rush, Mira, Esse, Subaru Stella and Volkswagen will be auctioned at AICT. Surgical ... Read More »

Appraisement-East PCT Committee classifies goods declared as “Rubber Seal Strips”‏

KARACHI: The PCT Committee of the Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East has concluded that item declared as “Rubber Seal Strips” is most appropriately classifiable under PCT heading 4008.1190 in terms of Rule(c) to the General Rules for Interpretation. According to details, Collector, Model Collectorate of Customs (East) had referred a case to the Committee in the light of Findings/Recommendations of ... Read More »

Appraisement-East collects Rs 106.415b up to Dec 31

KARACHI: Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East collected Rs 106.415 billion in Customs Duty, Sales Tax and Withholding Tax in the first half of the current fiscal year ended on December 31, 2014, thus surpassing the overall target by Rs 5.476 billion or five percent. The Collectorate collected Rs 17,747 million during December 2014. This included Rs 5,043 million in Customs ... Read More »

Customs determines valuation of Chinese origin textile fabric for women

KARACHI: The Directorate General of Customs Valuation has determined the customs values of Chinese origin textile fabric for ladies shirting (embroidered) 85% artificial fiber viscose in a case referred by the Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Islamabad (Dry Port). A Group-4 assistant director determined the customs value at $5.10 per kg. Letter No 1/66/2014-IV/7993 dated December 29, 2014 sent to the ... Read More »

FBR asks BPS-17 officials to complete personal evaluation reports by Jan 10

KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue has asked all BPS-17 officials of Pakistan Custom Service, Inland Revenue Service and ex-cadre to complete their personal evaluation report by January 10, 2015. Many of the said officers have not yet completed the evaluation report up to June 30, 2014. Completion of the report is a pre-requisite for processing the cases for promotion ... Read More »

Shortage of senior officials at Customs Reforms Directorate to affect WeBOC system

KARACHI: The Directorate Reforms and Automation (Customs), Karachi needs at least four Deputy and Assistant Directors and two Additional Directors for smooth functioning of the department. The Directorate is facing an acute shortage of BS-17 to BS-19 officers and fears that if the strength of officer is not increased  it would not only adversely impact the analysis, development, designing and ... Read More »

UAE Customs inks agreement with SRC

      KARACHI: The Federal Customs Authority (FCA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a technical cooperation agreement with its Sri Lankan counterpart Sri Lanka Customs (SRC). The agreement was signed by the International Relations Department of the FCA, Saud Salem al-Aqrouby and Additional Director of SRC, S. Rajendra,in the presence of Director General SRC Jagath Wijeweers ... Read More »

Directorate of Reforms, Automation sends draft rules for air cargo to customs preventive

KARACHI: Directorate of Reforms and Automation (Customs) Karachi has sent the draft rules for air cargo manifest to Model Customs Collectorate (Preventive), Lahore. The directorate said in its letter titled, Draft Rules for Import General Management Module, “The attached air cargo manifest has been carefully examined and finalized after detailed scrutiny and consultations with all the stakeholders and this has ... Read More »

Peshawar and Quetta collectorates to get WeBOC module soon

KARACHI: After the successful implementation of WeBOC module at Wahga Model Customs Collectorate, the Directorate General of Reforms and Automation has geared up efforts to implement the module at the remaining two land customs stations of Peshawar and Quetta. The directorate has asked the Peshawar and Quetta collectorates to communicate the plan to its officers and staff as well as ... Read More »

Appraisement-East: Officials complain to Member Customs about mal-practices

KARACHI: The officials belonging up to the Grade-16 of the Model Customs Collectorate-MCC of Appraisement (East) in their collective move have written a letter to the Member (Customs) Nisar Muhammad Ali Khan about the mismanagement and mal-practicing in the Collectorate in clearance of the consignments, Customs Today learnt here on Monday. The reliable sources informed Customs Today that the continued ... Read More »

Dy Director Mumtaz nominated for management course

    KARACHI: Deputy Director Directorate General of Transit Trade, Karachi, Muhammad Mumtaz Ali Raza Chaudhary is among nine BS-18 officers of Pakistan Customs Service nominated by the Establishment Division for 19th Mid Career Management Course at National Institute of Management, Karachi. The course at NIM Karachi would be held from January 5 to April 10, 2015. In addition to ... Read More »

Lack of data base slows down audit verification

    KARACHI: Absence of data base and evidence is slowing down the audit verification process at the Directorate General of Post Clearance Audit. The absence of data base makes it extremely hard for the relevant staff to verify the audit observations picked by the Risk Management module. Though an audit observation, selected by the PCA Headquarters Islamabad, including the ... Read More »

New service area of NBP becomes operational

    KARACHI: With completion of first phase of renovation, the new service area of the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) at the Customs House has started facilitating customers. The new chest-high counters have started facilitating taxpayers. The 12 counters that allow complete visibility to both taxpayers and cashiers across a thick glass are constructed away from the previous main ... Read More »

Appraisement-East gears up effort to earn Rs 500m from auction

KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement-East gears up to earn stuck-up revenue of Rs 500 million from auction scheduled for December 29 at Ghasbandar, East Wharf Karachi. Talking to Customs Today, sources in the collectorate said that December 25 deadline, given to hundreds of importers to clear their goods by the customs authorities, is over and the massive auction ... Read More »

Auction at East Wharf today

  KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (Preventive) will be holding an auction of general cargo, vehicles, precious stones and a wide variety of other goods on Monday (today). Items offered on “as is where is basis” auction scheduled to be held at 10:30 Ghasbandar, East Wharf, Karachi, include art silk/ cotton wicks tape; curtain cloth of assorted size; assorted ... Read More »

Customs law branches face shortage of staff

KARACHI: Like all big companies, every single Collectorate of Pakistan Customs also has a Law Department, or a Law Branch. These law branches play an important role in ensuring the presence and representation of the Pakistan Customs before courts. In fact, thousands of Customs-related cases are pending for hearing before the Sindh High Court. The officer of Pakistan Customs designated ... Read More »

Directorate General of Customs Valuation determines customs value of LPG

KARACHI: The Directorate General of Customs Valuation has determined the customs values of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vide Valuation Ruling No. 704/2014 dated December 22, 2014. The directorate had received a reference from different stakeholders, including a letter dated November 22, 2014 from the LPG Association of Pakistan. The letter was about the revision of the customs values of LPG. Valuation ... Read More »

Customs Appellate Tribunal not to hear cases due to winter vacation

KARACHI: No cases would be heard by any of the three benches of Customs Appellate Tribunal at Karachi until 1 January 2015 due to winter vacation. An office order dated December 22 issued by Assistant Registrar Bench II Sajjad Haider Janjua said that Member Judicial Adnan Ahmed and Member Technical Shaukat Ali would be availing winter vacation from December 24, ... Read More »

Yousfani: 27 out of 30 basic modules of WeBOC implemented

KARACHI: Twenty seven out of the 30 basic modules of Pakistan Customs automated system have already been implemented, Directorate Reforms and Automation (R&A) Director Abdul Majid Yousfani informed Customs Today. The modules are developed by Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited, known as PRAL, as per the specific requirements of customs departments. Many of them are also designed for use by the ... Read More »