FBR redesigns functions,responsibilities of customs collectors

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Economic Updates - Pak Major Financial News

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has enhanced the number of customs collectorates and redesigned the functions of officers to improve the working of goods clearance and check smuggling, a draft notification said on Tuesday.

The FBR designated the customs officers and their area of jurisdictions to increase the revenue and check smuggling and preventing drugs movement, it said.

The draft notification said that the FBR has designated four chief collectors (South) in Pakistan Customs.

The chief collector (South) appraisement would have the jurisdiction of Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) of Appraisement-I, II and III, Customs House Karachi, besides Model Customs Collectorate of Port Muhammad Bin Qasim.

The chief collector (South) enforcement would have the jurisdiction of MCC Exports, Customs House Karachi; MCC Exports, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim; MCC Preventive of Karachi and MCC Hyderabad, Quetta and Gwadar.

The jurisdiction of chief collector (North) includes MCC Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Sambrial, Gilgit-Baltistan and MCC Anti-smuggling (Enforcement).

The chief collector (Central) has been assigned MCC (Appraisement) Lahore, MCC (Preventive) Lahore, MCC Multan and MCC Faisalabad, the draft notification said.

The draft notification also explained the jurisdiction of collectors and said that the Collector MCC Appraisement–I would have the responsibilities of all cargo for imports through off-dock terminals situated in the Civil Districts of Karachi West and Karachi South, including temporary imports and imports under SRO 492 (I)/2009 dated June 13, 2009.

The collector would have further responsibilities of warehousing off-goods in public, private and diplomatic bonds through the port of Karachi and off-dock containers terminals. Liquid bulk cargo imports, licensing of clearing agents, licensing of public and private warehouses, licensing of shipping agents, ship chandeliers and stevedores, postal appraisement at GPO Karachi, duty-free shops, centralised services-related record keeping of the human resource working in the South Region and issuance of user ID to all users of WeBOC would also be included in the responsibilities.

Similarly, the collector of MCC Appraisement–II would have the jurisdiction of all cargo clearance for imports routed through East Wharves and Pakistan International Container Terminal, including temporary imports and imports under SRO 492(I)/2009 dated June 13, 2009.

The collector of MCC Appraisement-III has been assigned all cargo clearance for imports routed through West Wharves and Karachi International Container, including temporary imports and import under SRO 492(I)/2009 dated June 13, 2009.

The assignment of the collector of MCC Exports, Customs House Karachi included all cargo clearance for exports from Karachi Port Trust, Karachi International Container Terminal, Pakistan International Container Terminal, all off-dock terminals situated in the civil districts of Karachi South and Karachi West and all duty drawback matters related with such exports.

The collector would also be responsible for all issues related with the manufacturing of bond situated in the civil districts of Karachi South and Karachi West.

The collector of MCC Exports, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim has been assigned jurisdiction of all cargo clearance for exports from Port Qasim, Qasim International Container Terminal, all off-dock terminals situated in the civil districts of Karachi East, Karachi North and Malir, IC3 and Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi.

All duty drawback matters related with exports and inward clearance of unaccompanied baggage, ships boarding, rummaging and clearance, anti-smuggling and all preventive functions in civil districts of Malir and Thatta would also included in the collector’s responsibilities.

Besides, the collector would be responsible for monitoring of gates sealing and de-sealing of the cargo containers within the jurisdiction and export processing zone Karachi and all issues related with the manufacturing bonds situated in the civil districts of Karachi East and North and Malir.

The responsibilities of the collector of MCC Port Muhammad Bin Qasim would include all cargo clearance for imports routed through Port Qasim, Qasim International Container Terminal and all off-dock terminals situated in the civil districts of Karachi East, North and Malir, including temporary imports and imports under SRO 1065(I)/2005 of October 20, 2005.

The collector of MCC Preventive, Customs House Karachi has been assigned all the matters relating to the following in the civil districts of Karachi South, East, West, North, the port of Karachi, including Fish Harbour, Karachi, Ibrahim Hydry, the Pakistan Customs Waters, Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi, Faisal Airbase, Masroor Airbase, Ships boarding, rummage and port clearance; monitoring of gates, including anti-smuggling; and drug enforcement functions for all districts of Karachi; Sealing and de-sealing of the cargo containers; Unaccompanied baggage sections at East and West Wharves and NMB Wharf, KICT, PICT and all off-dock terminals; passenger traffic; anti-smuggling, drug enforcement; warehouses operated or owned by airlines.

The collector would be responsible for clearance of cargo for imports at Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi, including temporary imports of all sorts and imports under SRO 492(I)/2009 dated June 13, 2009, besides accompanied and unaccompanied baggage, international passenger traffic and related preventive work at the Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi.


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