Collector Customs seeks Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s support in updating check posts to Customs Stations

Islamabad, January 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): “Check posts which were abolished during the Nawaz Sharif Regime have not been restored as yet. He therefore, sought FPCCI support in restoring and updating them to Customs Stations headed by a senior official of at least Assistant Collectors rank throughout the country”.

This was stated by Khawar Farid Maneka, Collector Customs Preventive during his visit to Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI). Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra, Begum Salma Ahmed Vice Presidents of FPCCI, Saquib Fayyaz Magoon, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Anti Smuggling and other members of FPCCI were also present in the meeting.

The Collector Customs Preventive disclose, “Out of the total size of smuggling, about 75% of the goods used to smuggle through Afghanistan which has now been shifted to Bunder Abbass, mainly due to lesser port handling charges as compared to other ports in the region”.

Earlier Iqbal Dawood Pakwala, Acting President FPCCI in his welcome address stressed the need to curb smuggling as it is a twin menace which is eating vital of economic fabrics of the country. He informed that it discourages legal imports of goods and renders indigenous industry uncompetitive against the smuggled goods on one hand and makes loss of revenue to the government exchequer on the other hand.

He added that due to long porous borders of our country with India, Afghanistan, Iran, China etc, all the administrative measures taken so far to curb the smuggling has proved an exercise in futility and as such there is a need to contain the menace of smuggling through fiscal measures i.e. the total impact of duty and taxes should be reduced to the extent where the incentive of smuggling is removed.

Sheikh Shakeel Ahmed Dhingra, Vice President FPCCI underscored the need to address the attitude of buyers and create awareness, among the consumers through advertisement on print and electronic media and conducting seminars about not to buy smuggled products including medicines as its contents include pork.

Saquib Fayyaz Magoon, Chairman FPCCI Standing Committee on Anti Smuggling said that smuggling of livestocks from Pakistan to Afghanistan is not only causing shortage of meat but also hides and skins, a basic raw material consumed by the tanning industry for the production of high value added leather and leather goods, which is main source of earning precious foreign exchange of our Country.

Moreover, “Smuggling of livestock from Pakistan also creates shortage of meat and milk in the country resulting continuous increase in prices of milk and meat and rendering these products beyond the reach of a common man.

Similarly scarcity of hides and skins increases cost of production of our export oriented leather and leather goods industry, thus rendering them uncompetitive in the global as well as domestic markets” he, continued.

For more information, contact:
Syed Masood Alam Rizvi
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Shahra-e-Firdousi,
Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: 0092-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +9221 3587 4332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

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