FBR issues new procedure for customs officials to monitor cross border trade
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued a new procedure for the customs officials, Frontier Constabulary (FC), and terminal operators to monitor and check cross-border movement of vehicles carrying goods, specifically Afghan Transit Trade items, through Border Customs Stations.
FBR has issued S.R.O. 03 (1)/2021 to make draft amendments in the Customs Rules, 2001 here on Friday.
As per new procedure, the cross-border officer [customs officer] shall record the confirmation of export in the system, after physically verifying export cargo at the terminal/station exit gate, and shall generate system based three copies of “Cross-border authorization” to be collected at the zero-line by the officials of Customs, FC and terminal operator, respectively, to ensure cross border of the vehicle and cargo. ------------------------------
Every day in the morning, Customs, FC, and terminal operator shall reconcile all the import manifests of the incoming vehicles of the previous day with a system-generated list that goods declarations (GD) have been filed for all incoming vehicles.
In case, goods declaration (GD) is not filed within forty-eight hours of the arrival of the vehicle, the reasons may be ascertained by the Customs for late filing of ID, including verification of the location of the vehicle inside the custom station or terminal.
At the end of the day, all cross-border authorizations collected by customs authorities as well as the FC and the terminal operator shall be re-reconciled to ensure that all the requisite transport units, which were issued gate-passes, have crossed the border.
The daily imports and exports statements reconciled jointly shall be counter-signed by the concerned Assistant Collector or Deputy Collector of the Enforcement Collectorates.