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October 28, 2020

Pak, Afghan Customs ink Mutual Assistance Agreement

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October 28, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Customs, Federal Board of Revenue and Afghan Customs Department Tuesday signed Important Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement.

Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda, Member (Customs-Operation) FBR; and Mr. Khalilullah Saleh Zad, Director General Afghan Customs Department, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective Customs Department. Nisar Ahmad Ghoriyani, Minister of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan, and Muhammad Javed Ghani, Chairman FBR, were also present.

It is important to note that this Customs Cooperation Agreement has been signed in light of directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan for establishment of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

To materialize the vision/direction of the prime minister, the customs officers of both countries had intensive consultations and meetings on regular basis.

On signing of the Agreement, Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda said the agreement had seen light of the day after a lot of hard work and consultations between the customs officers of both the countries.

Highlighting its strategic and operational benefits, he said the agreement would ensure reduced clearance times and optimum trade facilitation for import, export and transit cargo. Further, effective control over smuggling through enhanced cooperation would be possible. The agreement would also ensure reduced risk of evasion of duties and taxes.