‘Custom-related issues of businessmen to be resolved’


By Asad Cheema

ISLAMABAD: Member Customs Operations, FBR Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda on Wednesday said that business community was playing an important role in the development of the economy and he would try to facilitate them in customs matters. This was stated by him during a meeting with President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Muhammad Ahmed Waheed who along with Chief Coordinator, UBG FPCCI Malik Sohail Hussain called on him at his office and congratulated him on taking over his new assignments FBR.
Tariq Huda said that all possible efforts would be made to resolve the customs related issues of business community. He said that smuggling was costing the Pakistani economy billions of rupees in revenue annually and more efforts were required to be made to curb this issue. He hoped that business community would cooperate in curbing smuggling in the country. He said that ICCI should share its proposals to bring further improvement in Customs Operations for the facilitation of business community.
Expressing his views on the occasion, Muhammad Ahmed Waheed congratulated Syed Muhammad Tariq Huda on his appointment as Member Customs (Operations) in FBR. He said that he was an experienced officer and hoped that he would play his active role in further improving the existing customs system and bringing necessary reforms in it. He assured that Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry would continue to extend all possible cooperation to FBR for overcoming smuggling.
Malik Sohail Hussain, Chief Coordinator, UBG FPCCI, also expressed his views, highlighting the problems of business community related to customs and offering various suggestions for resolving them.
On the occasion, the two sides discussed in detail various proposals for further improving the customs system and curbing smuggling.
They also pledged to work together to bring further improvement in the working of customs, promote business activities and improve the revenue of the government.