PESHAWAR: Chairman of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry standing committee on railways and dry port, Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi has expressed concerns over dumping of 353 reconditioned vehicles imported under amnesty scheme in April 2013 and demanded the authorities of Federal Board of Revenue and customs for immediate shifting of these vehicles to Customs Warehouse.
In a statement Sarhadi said that the act of FBR and customs authorities is affecting imports and exports from the province. He said that under amnesty scheme 2013, the government had announced package for the regularisation of already brought vehicles and depositing of duties on them, but it was never paid. However, some elements misused the scheme due to which reconditioned vehicles were still standing at the dry port.
He said exporters are also facing severe difficulties and force on transporting their goods to Karachi in private transport for clearing, which has brought the effectiveness of the dry port to a standstill. He said that Peshawar dry port was already in deteriorating conditions and due to lack of facilities both exporters and importers were facing severe difficulties while the parking of 353 reconditioned vehicles are further affecting trade from their facility.
Zia-ul-Haq Sarhadi demanded of FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa, Collector Customs, Peshawar, Dr Naeem and Divisional Superintendent Railways Mohammad Ali Afridi for immediate shifting of the 353 vehicles to Customs warehouse to restart the process of import and export from the dry port.