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ISLAMABAD: The containers and vehicles carrying transshipment goods shall be tracked by Container Security Device (CSD) and Prime Mover Device (PMD) installed by the tracking company duly licensed by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The FBR has issued S.R.O. 797 (I)/2020 to amend the Customs Rules, 2001 here on Tuesday.

According to the revised transhipment rules, all transport units and containers carrying transshipment goods shall be allowed clearance from the area of delivery after installation of machine readable by Customs Container Security Unit staff or authorised person and Tracking device installed by tracking company duly licensed by FBR, including over-dimension cargo, notified heavy cargo and goods to be transshipped by Pakistan Railways except in cases where sealing is not possible as determined by the Assistant or Deputy Director, Transit at the port of departure.

All transport units and conveyances used by the transport operators for carrying transshipment goods shall be properly secured, riveted, locked and sealed. The transport units and conveyance used by the transport operators shall be so constructed and equipped as to provide for the Customs seals to be conveniently and effectively affixed thereon and containing no concealed space where any goods could be hidden.

The transport units shall have a permanently installed or fixed tracking device capable of showing the location of the said vehicle or trailer at any given times as well as a track of its route and stoppage etc. The transport unit shall be free from all manufacturing defects so that no goods can be removed from or introduced into the sealed portion of the transport units capable of holding any goods should be readily accessible for Customs inspection. The transport units shall be individually registered with the vehicle registration authority. Each vehicle shall be equipped with the tracking device, FBR said.

The licensed bonded carrier/Transport Operator shall be responsible that each container carrying transshipment goods shall distinctly display the words "Goods Under Transshipment" written on detachable plates affixed on the front and rear sides of the container. While clamping the detachable plates on the rear side, it shall be ensured that the visibility/integrity of machine readable seals remain unaffected, FBR added.

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