KARACHI: A 15-member committee comprising members of Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA), export committee, trade bodies and others held a meeting with Customs officials including Project Director (PD) WeBOC Tanveer Ahmed, additional collectors, deputy collectors and assistant collectors and discussed issues related to WeBOC system installed at Customs House, Karachi.
The meeting was chaired by PD WeBoC Tanveer Ahmed and issues pertaining to WeBOC came under discussion.
Well informed sources told Customs Today that 15-member committee expressed its reservations over the formation of WeBOC without consultation with all stakeholders.
Sources further informed this scribe that the committee members also came hard on the performance of terminal operators and delay in grounding the containers. The trade bodies including Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Federal Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI), exporters and customs agents were of the view that they are suffering huge losses in shape of demurrage/detention charges.
“Customs officials assured the trade bodies and other members for redressal of the issues on immediate basis”, sources claimed.
They further informed that a high level meeting of the committee members with high-ups of Customs officials including chief collectors and collectors is likely to be held in coming days.
It is pertinent to mention here that Customs officials in coordination with members of other stakeholders had decided to form a committee for redressal of the issues facing by customs agents and other trade bodies.
First meeting in this regard was held on Thursday and attended by Saifullah Khan (President KCAA), Yahya Muhammad (General Secretary KCAA), Qamar Alam (former Senior Vice President Export), Amin Essani (former Senior Vice President KCAA), Wasiq Hussain (former General Secretary KCAA), Faisal Mushtaq (former General Secretary KCAA), Shams Burney, (Senior Vice President All Pakistan Customs Agents Association) Arshad Jamal, Basit Ahmed (KCCI member) and others.