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The Federal Board of Revenue has made Directorate General of Transit Trade Karachi operational with ample powers to enforce all transit trade agreements for processing, examination and clearance of transit goods including bulk oil movement under transit trade pact. In this connection, the FBR has issued an SRO.932(I)/2012 here on Thursday.

The Federal Board of Revenue has notified the formation of the Directorate General of Transit Trade and specified its functions, jurisdictions and powers. The Directorate General of Transit Trade shall be based at Custom House, Karachi and shall have its regional offices at Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta. The Director General shall report to the Member (Customs), FBR. The Regional offices of the Directorate General shall be headed by a Director and shall be assisted by Additional Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Superintendents or Principal Appraisers, or officers with any other designation, and officials of Customs, as and when required.

The Directorate General of Transit Trade shall be responsible for enforcement of all transit trade agreements, laws and procedures through the respective regional Directorates and the concerned Collectorates. It shall also supervise the functioning of these regional Directorates, furnish policy input to the board on matters relating to transit trade and maintain liaison with all stakeholders.

In respect of the Directorates of Transit Trade, the FBR has specified officers as Directors of Transit Trade. The FBR has also notified Additional Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Principal Appraisers, Superintendents, Appraisers and Deputy Superintendents, Examining officers and Inspectors for respective officers of Customs.

According to the new procedure, the jurisdiction of the Director, Directorate of Transit Trade, Karachi shall extend to all Customs matters relating to transit and allied functions in respect of the Province of Sindh including Port of Karachi, Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Quaid-e-Azam International Airport, Karachi covering inter alia the functions and Customs matters. It included processing, examination, clearance, and allied matters relating to transit goods including bulk oil in transit. The functions of Director, Directorate of Transit Trade, Karachi also included the reconciliation of transit data regarding arrival, clearance and cross border of movement of transit cargo; association in development, updation and enhancement of MIS functions and recovery of any adjudged amounts. Other functions included licensing of transport operators for transit goods; personnel management; handling of legal matters as a consequence of processing, movement and clearance of transit cargo; co-ordination with all stakeholders for operational purposes; business process re engineering; transit trade facilitation and redressal of complaints and any other function assigned by the Federal Board of Revenue from time to time.

The jurisdiction of the Director, Directorate of Transit Trade, Quetta shall extend to all Customs matters relating to transit and allied functions in respect of the Province of Balochistan including the Customs-stations, seaports and airports, and the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) of Balochistan covering inter alia the functions and Customs matters like processing, examination, clearance, and allied matters relating to transit goods including bulk oil in transit. The reconciliation of transit data regarding arrival, clearance and cross border movement of transit cargo and association in development, updation and enhancement of MIS functions. Other functions included recovery of any adjudged amounts; issuance of Temporary Admission Documents (TAD) for entry and regulation of Afghan vehicles operating through Chaman border; personnel management; handling of legal matters as a consequence of processing, movement and clearance of transit cargo; co-ordination with all stakeholders for operational purposes; business process re engineering; transit trade facilitation and redressal of complaints and any other function assigned by the FBR from time to time.

The jurisdiction of the Director, Directorate of Transit Trade, Peshawar shall extend to all Customs matters relating to transit and allied functions in respect of the Province of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa including the Customs-stations and airport. The Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) thereof and the Federal Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The functions of the regional directorate included processing, examination, clearance, and allied matters relating to transit goods including bulk oil in transit and reconciliation of transit data regarding arrival, clearance and cross border movement of transit cargo; association in development, updation and enhancement of MIS functions and recovery of any adjudged amounts.

Other functions included issuance of Temporary Admission Documents (TAD) for entry and regulation of Afghan vehicles operating through Torkham border; personnel management; handling of legal matters arising as a consequence of processing, movement and clearance of transit cargo; co-ordination with all stakeholders for operational purposes; business process re engineering; transit trade facilitation and redressal of complaints and any other function assigned by the FBR.

The FBR said that the jurisdiction for all Customs matters relating to transit and allied functions in respect of the province of the Punjab and the area of Gilgit-Baltistan shall be exercised by the respective Collectorates of Customs, as per their notified area of responsibility. The concerned officers and the officials of the Directorate General of Transit Trade shall exercise the respective powers of the appropriate officer conferred under the Customs Act and rules made there under for discharge of the functions and duties specified in this notification.

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