Customs agents asked to call off strike, save Rs8 bn loss per day

KARACHI: Zubair Ahmed Malik President Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) in a statement has suggested to All Pakistan Customs Clearance Agents Association (APCCA), Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCAA) and All Pakistan Bonded Carrier Association (APBCA) to call off their countrywide strike commenced from today for an indefinite period against the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) move of issuing recovery notices to customs agents and bonded carriers in International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) for missing containers scam.

President FPCCI said that the strike would hamper the clearance of goods at ports and was likely to result in demurrages on the consignments affecting the overall movement of goods across Pakistan. He further lamented that more than 1,200 imports and 800 Export Goods Declarations (GDs) at Karachi and Bin Qasim Ports on daily basis would come to a standstill with that strike which would affect the timely shipment of goods and their clearance at Ports, resulting in a shortfall to the tune of Rs 8 billion per day.

Zubair proposed that it would be in the national interest that instead of observing strike the concerned associations could negotiate their demands with the FBR across the table for a better settlement of their issues.

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