ISLAMABAD (our reporter):- The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to restrict the Customs officials in only border areas for checking the vehicles coming from Iran and Afghanistan by abolishing some check post on the request of business community.
Sources said that the decision has been taken at high level meeting in the board’s headquarters in order to address the complaints of business community that customs staff takes money on every check post. They also further said that the Customs officials also briefed about to the Chairman FBR about the concerns of the business community about the check posts staff. It was decided to abolished 12 check posts out of 47 very soon during the meeting, they further said.
Sources said that Customs officials will examine the imported goods coming from Iran and Afghanistan at check-posts established in border areas and no vehicles would be checked in other parts of the country.
Interestingly, the authorities has took the decision to abolish the Custom’s check posts on the time when there was dire need to strengthen the checking of smuggled goods which are hurting our economy.
According to the some experts, the Iran and Afghanistan are considered as main roots for smuggling and illegal products in Pakistan. In mostly cases, the smuggled items are being confiscated in the different parts of the country instead of border areas. The decision might be hurt the efforts to protect local market and county’s economy from smuggled and illegal items.
According to some estimates, Pakistan economy is bearing loss billions of dollars annually due to smuggled and illegal items including, cigarettes, cloths, electronics appliances.