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15 sites inter-linked under 'One Customs' project

ISLAMABAD (September 08 2005): Except Sust, Torkham and Muzaffargarh export terminal, the Central Board of Revenue (CBR) has inter-linked all the dryports (DPs), air freight units (AFUs) and export terminals under the “One Customs” project to facilitate both the importers and exporters.

The computer networking has been completed at 15 sites all over the country under this project.

Sources told Business Recorder on Wednesday that the primary link of communication through “One Customs” project has been given at the Karachi Custom House, Lahore Custom House, Lahore Air Freight Unit (AFU), Lahore Mughalpura Dryport, Multan Custom House, Multan, Sialkot, Faisalabad Dryports, Islamabad CBR House, Islamabad I-9 Dryport, Islamabad Air Freight Unit, Peshawar Air Freight Unit and Custom Houses Peshawar, Quetta and Hyderabad.

In case of Sust dryport, the dish has been installed, while rest of the work will be completed in the current month.

Sufficient electricity supply is not available at the moment in case of Muzaffargarh export terminal and proper location is yet to be identified there for placing equipment for the One-Customs project. The technical problem at Torkham will also be resolved in due course of time, the sources added.

The goods-declaration (GD) filing has been started at various stations, whereas it is expected the “One Customs” project will start error-free operations within one week across the country.

The sources added that the “One Customs” project comprises two stages: First, networking between the ports through proper communication, and secondly installation of software for processing of cases of importers and exporters. The first phase of the project has been completed and second phase is under process.

The “One-Customs” project will enable customs to use one set of business rules to clear imports/exports transaction using centralised database. The project would help in processing of documents eg filing of goods declaration from any collectorate, assessment by any collector, examination of goods on site (any customs station), and payment at any collectorate.

The system would also be helpful in optimal clearance through online processing of transhipment data, safe transportation of goods and acknowledgement. It will support a Centralised Decision Support System (CDSS).

It also contains a real-time and nation-wide customs valuation management system and online connectivity with NTN and sales tax registration database and shipping agents, according to the sources.

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