Speedy Work Under Way to Reactivate Faisalabad Dry Port

The officials at Pakistan Customs are working day in and day out to reactivate the Faisalabad Dry Port. According to the Chief Collector Customs Lahore, Zeba Hayae Azhar, the customs officials are making untiring efforts in order to restore the supreme facilities to both exporters and importers of the region.

While talking to the members of the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), Zeba said that import of goods, that too duty-free, had been allowed to produce exportable surplus. She also said that to discourage the exploitation of the facility, a separate department had also been established in Lahore.

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As far as the double tax assessment is concerned, she expected it to get 1% infrastructure cess only once by the government. However, she included that this issue falls under the Council of Common Interest (CCI) and she will ask FBR to raise this issue at the suitable gathering. She denied any favoritism with any port and told that uniform principles and valuation is being embraced at all ports.

In addition, the importers were asked to notify Zeba in case of any excessive delay, particular in the clearance of imported goods. She has been reported to have ensured the importers that their genuine cases would be resolved with immediate effect. Moreover, she also assured maximum possible concessions of scrap as permissible under the rules.

Zeba also directed the concerned authorities to treat each and every importer equally. She warned not to harass any importer and that everyone should be treated honestly.

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History of Faisalabad Dry Port

In 1994, Faisalabad Dry Port was established with an aim to facilitate importers and exporters of the region. However, it did not meet the required expectations as it remained unsuccessful in harvesting preferred results largely due to the dearth of trust, as said by FCCI President Mohammad Saeed Sheikh.

He also alleged the customs’ officials of unfairly treating some of local importers and exporters. As a result, the situation enforced some of them to switch to other dry ports of the country.


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