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Taxation
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Customs Wing has re-deployed and transferred 1,650 official positions to meet the challenging revenue target and particularly to control smuggling.

In this context, a total of 180 posts in BS-16 have been re-designated while 1,568 posts in BS-16 have been redeployed across Pakistan. This shake up has not been kept limited to low grade positions but also 84 posts in BS-17 to BS-21 have also been re-deployed. The bulk of the re-deployed customs officers have been shifted to strengthen the Customs enforcement side. The transfer and posting orders have been issued. As a consequence of this re-deployment the Torkham corridor will become operational round the clock. The orders will enable the government to meet the demand from trade and industry to curb smuggling.

Customs automation efforts have lately been enabling it to handle more trade efficiently and reduce its reliance on human interface. Under Prime Minister’s instructions the Chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi has instructed Customs to improve ease of doing business by expediting initiatives like implementation of WeBOC-Glo, ITTMS and trade related Pakistan Single Window.

According to the office order of the FBR, there has been a tradition in FBR for en-bloc transfers and postings each Financial Year, especially at senior level at the beginning of each Financial Year. Henceforth, this tradition would not be made as a norm unless necessitated in the interest of revenue or reforms in the organization. All the senior officers and their staff should concentrate on optimal collection of due taxes, facilitation of taxpayers, expansion of tax base and identifying economic activities and business units in their jurisdiction. We all work as a team and shall continue to do so without affecting our ongoing efforts and efficiency. This order is being issued with the approval of competent authority.
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Taxation
Syed Shabbar Zaidi, Chairman FBR has conveyed a message to the business community that besides refraining from business in smuggled goods, they should not indulge in under-invoicing or other mis-declarations when getting their imported goods cleared at the Ports. Any importers, their clearing agents and the delinquent staff found involved in such practices shall be liable to punitive action under the law. Chairman FBR has further urged the traders to refrain from dealing in smuggled goods and has categorically stated that whosoever is found involved in any way dealing with sale, purchase or storage of the same will be dealt with strictly.

Pakistan has been facing the problem of securing its economic borders as rampant smuggling not only entails huge revenue losses but also adversely impacts existing industry and future investment. The Prime Minister has taken a very serious notice of the situation and has ordered a number of measures to cleanse the society from the menace of smuggling. Pakistan Customs being the country’s lead Anti-Smuggling Organization has accordingly stepped up enforcement actions in coordination with other Law Enforcement Agencies to make an example of all such notorious elements engaged in smuggling.-PR
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