ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Customs, Federal Board of Revenue and Afghan Customs Department signed Important Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement. Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda, Member (Customs-Operation), FBR and Mr. Khalillulah Saleh Zad, Director General of Afghan Customs Department signed the agreement on behalf of their respective Customs Department.
During the signing ceremony, His Excellency, Mr. Nisar Ahmad Ghoriyani, Minister of the Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan and Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue, Mr. Muhammad Javed Ghani were also present.
It is important to note that this Customs Cooperation Agreement has been signed in light of the directions of the Prime Minister of Pakistan for establishment of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between Pakistan and Afghanistan. To materialize the vision /direction of the Prime Minister, Customs Officers of both countries had intensive consultations and meetings on regular basis.
On signing of the Agreement, Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda, Member (Customs-Operations) stated that this Agreement has seen light of the day after a lot of hard work and consultations between customs officers of both countries.
He highlighted strategic and operational benefits of this Agreement. The Agreement would ensure reduced clearance times and optimum trade facilitation for import, export and transit cargo.
Further, Effective control over smuggling through enhanced cooperation would be possible.
The Agreement would also ensure reduced risk of evasion of duties and taxes. Assured assistance by both customs administrations would be achieved. The Agreement would ensure promotion of exports, including transit trade, not only between both countries but also in the region. Improvement of clearances and service delivery at the Border Crossing Points (BCPs) will also be another benefit of the Agreement.