Customs unveils guidelines on process flow of bulk cargos
Pakistan Customs has issued guidelines for process flow of bulk cargos, it is learnt on Wednesday. According to sources, the Collectorates were requested to initiate discussions with the terminal operators for the said arrangements as the system could not be made functional without it.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2013
They said the issue was significant, especially for Model Collectorate of Customs (MCC), Port Qasim as it was the biggest Collectorate dealing with bulk cargo where private terminal operators deal with the berthing and discharge of cargo. Therefore, MCC Port Qasim has been directed to make the said arrangements to deal with bulk cargos. The sources said that customs department had issued separate guidelines for process flow of liquid and solid bulks.
Liquid bulk guidelines:
--- The importer would get online approval from warehouse keeper before filing Goods Declaration (GD).
--- The concerned terminal operator would send message of berthing to the clearance system
--- The system would initially send all GDs to examination (Red Channel).
--- The assigned examiner would feed the examination report in the system along with survey report regarding quantities prepared jointly by the customs examiner and surveyors.
--- The importer would file GD for release from the warehouse
SOLID BULK GUIDELINES:
--- The system would allow the release of bulk cargo after filing GD and completion of assessment formalities.
--- The terminal operator and gate out staff would feed the weight and conveyance information in the system at the time of gate out.
--- The Collectorate should ensure reassess of the GD for payment of any additional duty in case any excess weight is reported at the time of gate out.
Meanwhile, the sources said that MCC preventive would send the process flow for assessment of wastage to the project team and added that auto-alert also to be sent in case of excess weight.