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Improved facilities at EPZ urged.

KARACHI -- The Customs authorities on Monday were apprised about the lack of necessary infrastructure and facilities at the Export Processing Zone (EPZ).

A delegation of Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA), led by its president Faisal Mushtaq, met with Model Customs Collectorate Export (Port Qasim) Collector Yaqoob Mako.

The delegation said that initiatives taken by the Customs authorities could only be fruitful if necessary infrastructure at the EPZ was provided.

Without providing proper examination area and weighbridges the clearance of import and export cargoes could not be streamlined, the association leaders said.

Mr Mako acknowledged that three inspectors are deputed at the EPZ to examine 70 containers per day and there were only three dilapidated wooden ramps.

FBR has been approached to increase the number of examiners and appraisers at the EPZ for early clearance of consignments, he said. The official admitted that EPZ was still working under previous orders issued by the MCC Preventive Collectorate in 1983.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 13, 2018
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