Govt. urged to solve problems of Dry PortsSeptember 22, 2014
SIALKOT: Chairman All Pakistan Dry Ports Association Mohammad Ishaq Butt has said that the up-country dry ports are contributing a lot towards national exchequer and playing an important role for exports but lethargy is being felt in solution of their issues / problems by the concerned departments.
Addressing an important meeting of the exporters and importers held here he said that despite clear instructions of the President of Pakistan to form a joint committee of all stakeholders to address the problems / issues of dry ports, the joint committee has not yet been formed.
He added that exporters are not using up-country dry ports due to considerable delay in refund of rebate claims as compared to duration at Karachi Collectorates and double & ruthless checking of export consignments by Anti Narcotic Force. Weboc system is creating problems for exporters instead of facilitating them. There is lacuna in the system, he added.
Mohammad Ishaq Butt, who is also the Chairman of Sialkot Dry Port Trust, was of the view that help desk be formed immediately for facilitation of exports and imports round the clock and to rectify the errors / omissions in the WEBOC for smooth clearance of export and import consignments.
Moreover, he referred to the visit of ex-Chairman FBR, Mr. Ali Arshad Hakeem to Sialkot Dry Port Trust in March 2013 wherein he approved a number of matters regarding up-country dry ports but despite his approval, necessary steps have not so far been taken. Later a number of meetings with FBR officials were held and consensus was achieved on various issues / problems but mere issuance of notification is taking considerable time, he showed his disappointment on this lethargic attitude.
Mohammad Ishaq Butt demanded that all exports should be routed through up-country dry ports to make them financially feasible and for that necessary rules can be made / amended to make compulsory routing of regional exports and imports through up-country dry ports.
He expressed grave concern over levy of 17 percent Punjab Sales Tax by Punjab Revenue Authority, Finance Department, Govt. of Punjab by making amendments in Second Schedule of Punjab Sales on Services Act 2012 on Port Operators including Dry Ports with effect from 22ndMay, 2013.