ANL 12.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.20 (-1.54%)
ASC 15.02 Increased By ▲ 0.20 (1.35%)
ASL 15.52 Decreased By ▼ -0.23 (-1.46%)
AVN 104.40 Decreased By ▼ -3.65 (-3.38%)
BOP 8.40 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.36%)
CNERGY 6.13 Decreased By ▼ -0.13 (-2.08%)
FFL 8.90 Decreased By ▼ -0.20 (-2.2%)
FNEL 8.38 Decreased By ▼ -0.27 (-3.12%)
GGGL 12.90 Decreased By ▼ -0.32 (-2.42%)
GGL 19.50 Decreased By ▼ -0.89 (-4.36%)
GTECH 9.07 Decreased By ▼ -0.33 (-3.51%)
HUMNL 6.71 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.59%)
KEL 3.07 Decreased By ▼ -0.07 (-2.23%)
KOSM 4.07 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-1.93%)
MLCF 33.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.50 (-1.46%)
PACE 3.98 Decreased By ▼ -0.15 (-3.63%)
PIBTL 7.17 Decreased By ▼ -0.06 (-0.83%)
PRL 14.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.36 (-2.49%)
PTC 8.55 Decreased By ▼ -0.11 (-1.27%)
SILK 1.27 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-3.79%)
SNGP 33.76 Decreased By ▼ -0.40 (-1.17%)
TELE 17.05 Decreased By ▼ -0.69 (-3.89%)
TPL 11.80 Decreased By ▼ -1.17 (-9.02%)
TPLP 26.65 Decreased By ▼ -1.87 (-6.56%)
TREET 38.40 Decreased By ▼ -1.25 (-3.15%)
TRG 77.20 Decreased By ▼ -5.65 (-6.82%)
UNITY 27.49 Decreased By ▼ -0.36 (-1.29%)
WAVES 15.43 Increased By ▲ 0.33 (2.19%)
WTL 2.13 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-3.62%)
YOUW 7.34 Decreased By ▼ -0.43 (-5.53%)
BR100 4,610 Increased By 11.6 (0.25%)
BR30 17,620 Increased By 286.2 (1.65%)
KSE100 44,955 Increased By 67.3 (0.15%)
KSE30 17,738 Increased By 42 (0.24%)

coronavirus
Coronavirus
VERY HIGH
Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
29,137
1524hr
Pakistan Cases
1,386,348
5,19624hr
Sindh
531,008
Punjab
467,698
Balochistan
34,032
Islamabad
120,813
KPK
186,537

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is expected to brief Prime Minister Imran Khan on the measures taken to control smuggling of foreign exchange and food commodities including wheat and sugar.

Sources told Business recorder that a meeting is scheduled at the PM House on October 1 to discuss the anti-smuggling measures on food commodities and foreign exchange.

The meeting would be attended by the Ministry of Interior, the FBR officials, and the law enforcement agencies, etc.

The customs authorities would focus on enforcement measures taken to check smuggling of food commodities to Afghanistan, and the issue of dollars smuggling.

The Covid-19 (Prevention of Smuggling) Ordinance, 2020 has empowered the law enforcement agencies and customs to impose heavy fines on smugglers of foreign currency, gold/silver, precious stones, sugar, onions, pulses, salt, potatoes, Gur, rice, wheat/flour, chemical fertilisers, livestock, maize, edible oil, and therapeutic goods.

The main features of the Covid-19 (Prevention of Smuggling) Ordinance 2020 are: (a) Ordinance shall be applicable within a distance of five kilometres from any international border or within the premises of airport; (b) Maximum/minimum imprisonment terms for smuggling of scheduled articles and currency; (c) Powers to search and seize the scheduled articles; (d) Auction of seized scheduled articles; cognizance of offence and arrest without warrant; (e) Special courts for trial under the ordinance and reward for informers leading to successful conviction; (f) Preventive detention on reasonable grounds.

The FBR has taken very stringent enforcement measures at the airports to eliminate the possibility of any such an unethical practice. The transparent and efficient mechanism being adopted at all the airports across Pakistan is facilitating the smooth and easy movement of outbound passengers, thus, significantly reducing their time and cost.

The FBR has already directed Collectors of Customs to take penal action against the retailer found in possession of smuggled goods.

The smuggled goods are often found in huge quantities with the retailers; though Section 2(s) covers all aspects of smuggling of goods yet retailers often make plea and could not be made accountable for possession of the smuggled goods being not covered in the legal scheme.

When contacted, the sources said that the FBR recently issued instructions to the border custom stations to remain extra vigilant to avert any attempt of smuggling of dollars into Afghanistan.

They ruled out any possibility of taking foreign currency through illegal means from Pakistan.

“All passengers’ data on currency declaration is being electronically maintained,” they added.

During the last press conference at the FBR House, Member Customs Operations Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda stated that the FBR has been able to check smuggling of petroleum products to the tune of US$2 billion.

Similarly, smuggling of the mobile phones of around $2 billion has also been controlled.

The FBR has taken action against 1,600 petrol pumps selling smuggled petroleum products and this drive would continue in the future.

Member Customs Tariq Huda said that tangible progress was made in the areas of anti-smuggling measures, which yielded the desired results. He said steps were taken for controlling currency smuggling in the country.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2021

Comments

Comments are closed.