KCCI con­cerned over en­hanced ex­am­i­na­tion of im­ported con­tain­ers

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL -

Staff Re­porter KARACHI: Pres­i­dent of the Karachi Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, while ex­press­ing deep con­cern over the Cus­tom au­thor­i­ties un­just de­ci­sion to put 80 per­cent of im­ported con­tain­ers on ex­am­i­na­tion, urged the high-ups in Islamabad to take no­tice of the sit­u­a­tion as it was caus­ing se­vere losses to the im­porters on ac­count of de­mur­rage and de­ten­tion charges due to de­lays in clear­ance of hun­dreds con­tain­ers.

In a state­ment is­sued, Pres­i­dent KCCI said that they have been re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from KCCI mem­bers who im­port large quan­ti­ties of var­i­ous com­modi­ties and chem­i­cals etc. but they are fac­ing se­ri­ous is­sues in clear­ance of cargo due to en­hanced ex­am­i­na­tion of im­ported goods and the de­lays be­ing caused due to in­suf­fi­cient ca­pac­ity of test­ing labs.

Iftikhar Vohra opined that more than 80 per­cent of all con­tain­ers have been put on hold and will only be re­leased af­ter ex­am­i­na­tion, which was caus­ing se­ri­ous prob­lems due to limited ca­pac­ity of ports and the time re­quired for such process can take many weeks, caus­ing se­vere port con­ges­tion.

He fur­ther ad­vised the Im­port Col­lec­torates of East, West and Port Qasim that in­stead of send­ing same con­sign­ment of same ori­gin again and again for lab­o­ra­tory test­ing, the con­cerned au­thor­ity should cre­ate pro­files of such con­sign­ments and is­sue lab­o­ra­tory test­ing cer­tifi­cates of same im­ported goods of same ori­gin for a pe­riod of at least six months. Dur­ing this pe­riod, all im­ported con­sign­ments of same ori­gin which have al­ready been tested, should be ex­cluded from the ex­am­i­na­tion pro­ce­dure which would surely help in deal­ing with port con­ges­tion is­sue and save the im­porters from suf­fer­ing losses due to de­mur­rage and de­ten­tion, he added.

KARACHI: The Act­ing Con­sul Gen­eral of Oman Hi­lal Ali Mo­ham­mad Al Salmi cut­ting cake along with Speaker Sindh Assem­bly Agha Si­raj Khan Dur­rani, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nisar Ahmed Khuro, Dr. Fa­rooq Sat­tar, Dr. Mirza Ikhtiar Baig dur­ing the 44th Na­tional Day of Sul­tanate of Oman at lo­cal ho­tel. -Staff Photo

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