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TRANSPORT FACILITATION.

NTTFC was established under the chairmanship of Secretary/Additional Secretary Commerce as a Standing Committee of Ministry of Commerce which It commenced its functions on 1st August 2001.

There are 38 Members of NTTFC. 19 Members represent various ministries and public sector organization and 19 members represent private sector trade organizations.

The Terms of Reference of NTTFC are:

Continuous review of the trade and transport procedures and systems with a view to update their simplification and harmonization;

Update coordination of efforts of concerned organizations in the field of facilitation of international trade and transport;

Collect and disseminate information on international trade and transport formalities, procedures, documentation and related matters;

Pursue the simplification and alignment of trade and transport documents on the basis of United nations Layout Key, including documents designed for use in computer and other automated systems;

Promote the adoption of standard trade and transport terminology and international codes for trade and transport information;

Promote training and research in international trade and transport and upgrade common knowledge of trade and prevailing international practices.

PERFORMANCE OF NTTFC

NTTFC introduced in Pakistan Customs a standardized Goods Declaration form based on United Nations Layout Key (UNLK) to replace various forms in different shapes and sizes used for Customs clearance of imports and exports. These enabled electronic submission of documents through internet, and paved the way for introduction of Pakistan Customs Computerized System. This resulted in reduction of average port dwell time from 11 to 7 days and average Customs clearance time from 7 days to 4 days. Thus made substantial contribution in reducing the cost of doing business.

Ship clearance documents were also standardized according to IMO FAL Convention to enable submission of same documents to various government organizations electronically. Thus simplifying the procedure for submission of such documents.

Standard formats of Certificate of Origin, Phytosanitary Certificate and Commercial Invoice according to UNLK were developed. The standardized certificates of origin are being issued by all authorized Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Pakistan. The standardized Phytosanitary certificate has been adopted by the Department of Plant Protection and is being issued. Work is now in progress on development of electronic Phytosanitary and Health Certificates issued by the Department of Plant Protection and Animal Quarantine Department.

A study to determine the requirements for sanitary and phytosanitary controls over imports was conducted. NTTFC got the necessary measures introduced in the Import Policy Order 2009 and has taken up the matter with Pakistan Customs for these measures to be implemented.

A study to determine capacity requirements and policies needed for promoting quality, food safety, refrigerated transport and cold storage of exported perishable products was conducted. NTTFC supported PHDEC in creating awareness of Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global GAP), Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards (SPS) and Hazard and Critical Control Points (HACCP) for promotion of export of horticultural produce, and development of fruit processing, storage and cool chain system.

NTTFC supported introduction of International Ship and Port Facility Safety (ISPS) Code of International Maritime Organization (IMO) for implementation of security measures on ships and at port facilities. All port facilities in Pakistan now comply with ISPS Code requirements.

To improve the professional standards of the freight forwarding industry in Pakistan NTTFC developed the following documents, which were adopted by Pakistan International Freight Forwarding Association (PIFFA):

A logistics cost study of selected import and export commodities to identify the factors affecting the competitiveness of Pakistan exports was conducted through an international consultant. Report of the study was circulated to various chambers of commerce and industry for dissemination to their members, and findings of the study were also highlighted in presentations in various meetings.

NTTFC conducted workshops at Karachi and Lahore on internationally standardized Uniform Customs and Practices (UCP 500) for Documentary Credit to familiarize the banking officers and the trading community with the international practices for opening and negotiating the Letters of Credit.

Carried out a study on creation / improvement of cargo handling facilities at airports in Pakistan to provide basic data and related information to Civil Aviation Authority for development of cargo handling facilities at the airports in Pakistan.

NTTFC coordinated with the concerned ministries and the stakeholders to get following international conventions ratified / acceded to by the Government of Pakistan:
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Publication:Pakistan & Gulf Economist
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