ISLAMABAD: Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar has collected Rs7 billion in the form of customs duty during July-January (2022-23) as compared to the assigned target of Rs5 billion, reflecting an extraordinary increase of Rs2 billion.

Like every year before, Pakistan Customs (FBR) celebrated International Customs Day, 2023 by holding a dignified ceremony at Customs House, Gwadar on 26th January 2023.

Collector Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar Raza Dashti said Thursday that the historic revenue of Rs7 billion customs duties has been collected during the first seven months of the current fiscal year due to the anti-smuggling efforts, trade facilitation and recovery of arrears. However, the total collection of all kinds of duties and taxes stood at Rs17.5 billion during the period under review.

Collector of customs MCC Gwadar and a large number of customs officers were presented on the occasion. After that, a huge quantity of narcotics and other contraband goods including 295kg narcotics, 7,700kg charas, 9,000 beer cans, and 4,400 liquor bottles were destroyed.

Addressing the gathering, Collector Model Customs Collectorate Gwadar Raza Dashti stated that Pakistan Customs remains at the frontline at borders, seaports, airports, and on the highways to safeguard our country from the menace of smuggling of contrabands, drugs, currency, liquor, pornography etc. “We lead our country’s efforts in combating commercial cargo smuggling to protect our industry and hence secure jobs.”

He said that Customs’ role was constantly evolving and Pakistan Customs had been up to the mark in responding to the changing nature of border management. “Pakistan Customs is serving as the guardian of Pakistan’s borders against the movement of contraband goods, as well as, a major revenue contributing agency,” he added.

He highlighted that Pakistan Customs has also been collaborating with international counterparts to foster a collaborative culture among customs administrations.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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