FBR issues procedure for goods clearance

PCCSS will check documents and seals installed on containers at all entry and exit focal points


Irshad Ansari April 26, 2020
PCCSS will check documents and seals installed on containers at all entry and exit focal points. PHOTO: FILE

 ISLAMABAD  : The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued the procedure for the clearance and checking of containers carrying goods for import and export purposes by road, rail and sea, including Afghan transit trade and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Under the procedure, officers of Pakistan Customs Container Security System (PCCSS) will check the documents and seals installed on the containers at all the entry and exit focal points.

If the seal installed on the container and documents are correct, the containers will be loaded onboard the ship under the supervision of a PCCSS officer.

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Similarly, goods coming under transit trade will be checked at Torkham, Chaman and Quetta.

Goods and containers arriving for India will be checked and monitored at Wagah Border Customs Station.

The 23-page Customs General Order No 3 issued by the FBR, available with The Express Tribune, provides for the installation and removal of seal and checking of cargo containers, including that of ISAF and transit, separately.

Upon arrival of containers at the focal entry point, the PCCSS officer will check the installed seal and the container.

The officer will check the document based on the details of goods in the container and after being satisfied, will scan the barcode of the seal installed on the container through the barcode reader machine.

After matching the barcode, the officer will load the container on the ship under his supervision.

If the seal installed on a container is found to be tampered with or any discrepancy is seen during the scanning of the barcode, the container will be removed from the check line and the relevant Form-D of PCCSS will be generated through the automated system.

The officer will enter the Form-D into the computer system and inform the PCCSS in-charge.

Similarly, after checking at the entry focal point, the authorised officers of PCCSS will also inspect the containers at the exit focal point.

All these procedures will be followed for delivery of goods by road and by rail.

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For import and export, this procedure will be followed at all internal and external check posts and customs stations including dry port, seaport and customs border stations.

Other documents related to transit trade, including the application for transportation must be submitted to the Directorate of Transit Trade.

However, where the offices and staff of the Directorate of Transit Trade is not present, other relevant staff and officers concerned of the customs will perform these duties.

The Customs General Order issued by the FBR has also given the formats of the relevant forms according to which the cargo will be checked and documented.

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