WeBOC formally launched across Pakistan

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KARACHI: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has announced the formal launch of Web-Based One Customs (WeBOC), an online computerised system, at all customs stations in the country from March 8.

The announcement was made on Thursday. The provisions of Chapter XVI-A of Customs Act, 1969 will apply to all the notified customs stations throughout Pakistan and equipped with the computerised system.

Earlier, the FBR aimed to launch the system on March 1 but due to a number of flaws in the system, the launch was extended.

The WeBOC system, which is in-house, was developed by FBR, and has been launched with the aim to clear the goods using online facilities and reducing human contact. The latest system was conceptualised in 2009 after a conflict arose between FBR and the owner of the previous online system, Pakistan Automated Customs (PaCCS).

After PaCCS was done away with, the FBR ran WeBOC on a trial basis in September 2010. Since then the revenue body failed to give the system a final touch. The latest measures have been taken in pursuance of a previous decision on July 4, 2012 to ensure a seamless and a phased implementation of electronic clearance system.

In September 2012, the FBR had made it mandatory for all goods declarations of exports at Karachi International Terminal (KICT) and Pakistan International Terminal (PICT) to be processed through WeBOC.

Customs sources said that the software was launched despite existing flaws including inter-port movement and shifting of SROs from manual one-customs to WeBOC. The sources said that the system was facing problems due to a lack of coordination among collectorates, PRAL, port operators, bonded carriers and WeBOC development team. Furthermore, Nato and Afghan Transit Trade would continue to get clearance under the one-customs manual system.

Courtesy: The Nation

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