Union of Small and Medium Enterprises urges hassless clearance of re-exported cargo

Karachi, July 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) urged the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to direct all collectorates of customs to afford smooth clearance of cargo returned by the buyers for replacement due to defects found in the consignment by the buyer or the exporter himself calling for the goods back due to buyers refusal to pay for the value as per contract.

In either case the re-exported cargo needs speedy, smooth and hassless clearance and exporters need not be looked down upon for the failure of the transaction but facilitated to overcome the situation.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said some times the goods shipped to buyers due to mistake or misunderstanding are not satisfactory and are rejected by the buyer and the buyer re-exports the goods back to the destination of the origin of the goods.

He said sometimes the exporter realizes that the goods shipped by his unit are defective due to overlooking some aspect of quality checking and himself wishes to recall the goods back for necessary correction and repair and reship the goods after satisfaction of the quality control department.

Recently several containers of rice were rejected by the port authorities of an importing country due to unverified reasons although the buyers never raised any objections and were prepared to accept the cargo with full payment yet the port authorities are returning the containers.

The exporters are anticipating difficulties in clearance. The union has urged the FBR to facilitate the exporters and not add to their losses by delaying clearance by raising unnecessary objections.

Thaver said as observed that many companies are very brand conscious and would not like their brand image to be damaged and prefer to replace the goods to satisfy the buyer fully and consider buyers satisfaction very important.

Thaver said the custom authorities need to be educated on the subject and directed not to make an issue on the return of the cargo and blame the exporter for negligence and penalize the shipper for the mistake and look down upon the exporter but facilitate the exporter to clear the re-exported cargo and replace it.

Exporters in Pakistan are facing the difficulty due to rejection of the goods by the buyers for various reasons sometimes fair and sometimes unfair and do not call back for the goods due to anticipated harsh behavior of the custom officers and prefer to sell the goods at huge losses in the importers market.

If clearance of re-exported cargo is facilitated it will strengthen the exporter and not let the exporter be subdued by the black mailing of the buyer who demands huge discounts and refuses to accept the goods on some pretext or the other.

The union urged the FBR to relax the conditions of re-export to make the exporters strong and facilitate the exporters to clear the re-exported cargo on producing the valid documents and satisfactory explanation for return of the goods by the buyer or recalling of the goods by the exporter.

For more information, Contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Phones: + 92 35884225 and 6
Cell: + 92 300 8245307 and + 92 321 8245307
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Email: unisame@gmail.com