Customs should take KCCI on board: moot toldSeptember 16, 2014
KARACHI: A meeting of Members Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) and a delegation of Pakistan Customs was held at KCCI office on Wednesday to discuss the problems being faced by business community regarding high tariffs of import.
The delegation of Customs comprised Chief Collector of Customs, Collectorate of Appraisement, Nasir Masroor Ahmed; Collector, Model Customs, Collectorate of Appraisement Port Qasim, Surriya Ahmed; Collector, Model Customs of Appraisement, East Karachi, Najeeb-ur-Rehman; Collector, Model Customs, Collectorate of Appraisement, West Karachi, Mohammad Saleem; and Additional Collector, Port Qasim, Irfan Jawed.
A large number of investors, importers, exports and representatives of business communities, union, and associations were also present.
President KCCI Abdullah Zaki, on the occasion, said that industrialists of Karachi were striving to compete but high tariffs of imports had compelled them to shift to Afghan transit, dry ports or other city. He discussed briefly the problems being faced by importers regarding mishandling of import goods, slow proceedings of papers, and embezzlement of goods.
Moreover, he urged that customs should take KCCI on board to facilitate trade.
Former President KCCI AQ Khalil, in this regard, said that in Karachi International Airport terrorist incident, business community, particularly importers, suffered huge losses,
Vice President KCCI, Atta Malik, said that importers at local markets could not compete due to Afghan transit. He urged fair treatment to importers and unbiased policies. He further said that there was an urgency to establish lab with latest facilities.
While taking notice of problems faced by importers, Nasir Masroor said that his team comprising professionals and experts who had worked in foreign countries were striving to keep balance.
“Whenever people contact us, we try to accommodate them and if problem found, we try to address it,” he added.
He further said that there was misconception regarding valuation and lack of rationality in valuations. However, the custom was ready to take business community on board.