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Customs agents seek govt help to bring back stranded trucks from Afghanistan

Customs agents seek govt help to bring back stranded trucks from Afghanistan

LAHORE: The Frontier Customs Agents Association has expressed concern over the detention of hundreds of trucks along with empty containers in Afghanistan and asked the government of Pakistan to take up the issue with the authorities in Kabul.

The issue was raised as a four-member delegation of the association called on first Chief Collector Customs Peshawar Ahmad Raza. Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi, the president of the association, led the delegation which greeted the official over assuming the charge of the post. Collector Customs Appraisement and Facilitation, Amjad Rehman, Collector Customs Preventive, Malik Kamran Azam Rajar, Director Transit Trade, Arbab Qaiser Hameed and Additional Collector Custom Appraisal, Muhammad Tayyab were present on the occasion.

The delegation thanked the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) over accepting the demand of Frontier Custom Agents who had called for appointment of Chief Collector Customs. The delegation members hoped the problems faced by business community would be resolved now that the senior official had been posted.

The Custom officials briefed delegation members about measures taken for facilitation of the business community. Sarhadi said at present the major problem was the detention of hundreds of trucks along with empty containers in Afghanistan as a result of which a shortage of heavy vehicles was being felt in the port city of Karachi.