ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's exporters exporting their goods to Central Asian Republics (CARs) would benefit a lot from the proposed Customs-Protocol under which Afghanistan has agreed not to subject import or export duties and taxes on goods in transit for the third country, official sources informed here on Wednesday.
Some of the key articles of the new Customs-Protocol, which are a part of the Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) agreed between Pakistan and Afghanistan also include Article 5 on Duties and Taxes, Temporary Admission states that the contracting parties agree not to subject goods which are shipped through one contracting party with final destination to the other contracting party or a third country and which are carried under the customs transit, to the payment of import or export duties and taxes, provided that the conditions laid down in this protocol are complied with.
Article 9: Customs Security. 1) The contracting parties shall undertake to use and accept as Customs security for ensuring the fulfilment of any obligation arising under a Customs transit operation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. 2) The amount of customs security for transit operation shall be determined by the customs so that it covers any import levies chargeable on goods so carried. 3) Persons who regularly carry out customs transit operations shall be entitled to lodge a revolving guarantee, acceptable to customs, which shall be valid for at least one year. 4) Where persons have lodged a revolving guarantee, the customs authorities shall require proof that original copy of the guarantee document issued by the guaranteeing institution had already been furnished for a customs transit operations unless they have doubts as to the validity of the details concerning the guarantee.
Article 10: Exemption from physical customs inspection and Escort En Route (a) Exemption from physical inspection: The customs authorities shall refrain from routine physical inspection of the vehicle and cargo en route unless an irregularity is suspected in view of explicit tampering of seals or locks of the transport unit or some reliable specific intelligence. Exceptional Physical Customs Inspection Customs Authorities may by way of exception and in particular when they suspect irregularities, subject the cargo to physical inspection en route.
Article 11: Customs Seals and Fastenings. 1) Customs seals and fastenings to be used in the application of customs seal shall comply with the minimum requirements laid down in annex to this protocol. 2) Customs seals and fastenings affixed by customs authorities of the other contracting parties or of a third country and which comply with the requirements laid down in the annex, may be accepted for the purposes of this protocol. However, each contracting party is at liberty to affix its own seal. 3) The contracting parties shall provide each other with specimens of the customs seals and fastenings they use for the purpose of customs transit.
Article 12: Sealing the vehicle (a) The vehicle's cargo compartment shall be sealed by the Customs Office of Departure. (b) The host Country Customs Authorities shall accept the seals affixed by the other contracting country's customs authorities, provided they are intact, but if required for control purposes, they are entitled to affix an additional seal of their own on entry into their territory. (c) If customs authorities have to break the seals in order to perform a physical inspection of the cargo en route, they shall affix new seals and record this action in the Transit and Inland Customs Clearance Documents. (d) Oversize and bulky cargoes, which because of their weight, size, or nature normally not carried in a closed motor vehicle, may be carried by non-sealed vehicles, provided those goods can easily be identified by reference to the description (in packing lists, photographs, drawings, etc) given, so as to prevent any substitution or removal of the goods.
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