Customs station at Ghulam Khan to resume operation next month.
PESHAWAR -- Model customs collectorate (MCC), Peshawar, collector Gul Rehman has said that development work at the customs stations in Kharlachi and Ghulam Khan is in progress and the latter will be operational in the first week of February for all kinds of traffic of import and export consignments.
He was speaking at a gathering held in connection with the International Customs Day at the Customs House here on Friday. He said that in view of this year's theme the MCC had to play an important role in combating smuggling and creating a safe, fair and sustainable environment for the war-affected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The Ghulam Khan customs station was closed in 2014 for security reasons, but now the needed staff had been posted.
He said that the MCC had seized a big quantity of contraband goods, including gold, currency, general merchandise items and narcotics worth billions of rupees, from July 2017 to January 2018.
About revenue collection, he said that during the first six months of the fiscal year 2017-18 the collectorate had not only achieved the assigned revenue target of duty and taxes, but also surpassed the same by 16 per cent.
He said that they were trying hard to creating an environment conducive to trade and easy clearance of imports and exports at the border stations.
To facilitate trade at the Torkham border station, a modern customs station under the ITTMS, financed by the Asian Development Bank, was being developed. 'It will be completed by year 2020,' he said.
The collector said that the International Customs Day was observed annually by the global customs community with respect to the inaugural session of the Customs Cooperation Council, which took place on Jan 26, 1953.
In 1994 the Customs Cooperation Council was renamed as World Customs Organisation (WCO) and today customs organisations from 179 countries, including Pakistan, are its members.
The WCO has dedicated year 2018 to strengthening the security of business environment, with the slogan 'a secure business environment for economic development'.