KARACHI: Enhancing the expertise of the professional expertise tops the list of priorities of the Directorate General of Post Clearance Audit (PCA).
Talking to Customs Today, sources said that a couple of officials from among the PCA’s appraising and auditing staff were sent to PCA Lahore recently for training aimed at improving the relevant expertise.
The Headquarters of the PCA in Islamabad selects the audit observations pinpointed by the Risk Management module and sends them to the Karachi Directorate from where the entire workload is passed on to the Principal Appraisers, appraisers, Principal Auditor and auditors who check it to verify each Audit Observation for contravention of valuation, Pakistan Customs Tariff and SROs.
The expertise of verifying Audit Observations is not what it should be and PCA feels that there is a need to enhance the expertise base of the officials, sources said.
The PCA Karachi Directorate receives around five dozens Audit Observations from the Islamabad Headquarters on irregular basis. After the distribution of the work load among 7-8 members of the staff each gets a bundle of around 7-8 cases for verifications. Though in theory the verification work of 7-8 cases by each of the staff member should not be a matter of concern but in practice the process requires extended time due primary to the lack of expertise, the sources added.