Lahore, March 16, 2017 (PPI-OT): Collector Customs (Appraisement) Jamil Nasir has said that issues of business community would be resolved on merit. Clearance of trading goods is one of his priorities as undue delay adds to the cost of doing business.
He was talking to the LCCI Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday. Aziz ur Rehman Chan, Chaudhry Khadam Hussain, Zeeshan Khalil and Nazim Hussain Shah were also present on the occasion.
Collector said that we have to trust each other that would make the things better. He said that if declaration system gets better, it would not only help control under invoicing but would also help trust building. He said that there are some policy matters on which only FBR can make decision. He said that lack of awareness is one of the biggest reasons of problem therefore the department is ready to depute officers to guide business community on tax related issues. He said that WeBOC is a program of international level and far better than the contrary software.
“We are not only stakeholders but we are partners. Clearance process would be made easier by reconsideration of the business processes” the Collector Customs added.
The LCCI Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan said that Policies of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) should be aimed at widening of tax net rather than taxing and burdening already taxed businessmen.
He said that Customs department should establish scanners at ports as importers have to pay demurrage charges because of undue delay. He said that at present customs duty could be paid to only particular branches of National Bank. He said that customs department should allow to pay customs duty at all branches that would help save precious time of the business community.
The LCCI Vice President said that though WeBOC is a very good system but it has limited options to make information correct in case of any effort therefore this system should be upgraded according to the needs of the business community.
He said that it is vitally important to disseminate Electronic I-Form related information to importers, bankers, clearing agents, and customs personnel as to how will it work and answer their queries. He said that banks are also not issuing Form-I for Iran. This issue should be resolved at the earliest.
He said that importers are being served Post Audit Recovery Notices that are causing harassment amongst the business community. He said that these notices are unnecessary as trading goods enter to the country after database checking/appraisement. Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan suggested that import duty on smuggling-prone items should be reduced to discourage smuggling.
He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry is ready to organize seminar, workshops and training programs in collaboration with the Customs Department to give awareness to the business community about tax procedures, rules and regulations.
He also urged the Collector Customs to establish a help desk here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and called for WeBOC registration through this desk.
For more information, contact:
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan