Anomalies in the clearance process: APCAA proposes amendments to budget measures: President – Pakistan
KARACHI: All Pakistan Customs Agents Association (APCAA) suggested amendments to measures proposed by the federal government in the 2021-22 federal budget to avoid anomalies in the customs clearance process.
Speaking to Business Recorder, Arshad Jamal, president of the APCAA, said the association had forwarded its proposals to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), suggesting several changes to the measures recommended in the 2021-22 federal budget to avoid problems in the customs clearance process. after its implementation.
He said that invoice gluing and listing packaging is a must on container / LCL shipments for immediate release of shipments prior to filing goods declarations and that no shipping agent or air freight agent is ‘accepts shipment without goods declarations, internationally. However, in Pakistan, shipping agents bypass this condition and transport the shipment against international practices.
In the Federal Budget 2021-2022, it is proposed to impose heavy penalties on importers if the shipping invoice / packing list was not found or pasted on the containers / packages or packages.
He said the condition would not only increase scrutiny and create a backlog of containers in already congested ports, but also nullify the concept of the one-stop-shop project, propagated by the government of Pakistan. In addition, he said that this condition should be declared mandatory but without penalties as the legal instrument was the declaration of goods but not these documents.
For the proper implementation of this condition, the APCAA suggested that if the importer of the goods mentions the condition “sticking the invoice / packing list” on or inside the containers or on LCL shipments in the letter of credit, bank contracts, make an invoice then no penalty can be imposed on the importer of goods.
In addition, APCAA also recommended the shipping company or shipping agent to ensure that the invoice / packing list has been stuck on LCL containers or shipments according to international practice and to mention the number of the invoice, date and amount on the bill of lading and import manifesto and in the event of non-compliance, shipping companies or shipping agents would be penalized by a maximum of Rs 25,000.
ACCAA also proposed that all declarants of goods be limited to lodge the true declarations with the copy of the bill of lading, the transactional invoice and the packing list, the letter of credit, the banking contract or any other banking instrument, the certificates. concession / NOC under IPO conditions and customs tariff. And, if the declarants of goods do not upload these documents, his profile can be listed for the red channel and the authorities can issue a justification and impose a penalty of no more than Rs 25,000, the APCAA suggested.
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