PAKISTAN: Federal Board of Revenue(FBR) chairman Doctor Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed on Saturday visited Torkham border and inspected various customs and FBR departments.
Pakistan customs collector Peshawar Amjadur Rehman, Frontier Corps(FC) commandant Col, Rizwan Nazeer, Sarhad Chamber of commerace president Ziaulhaq Sarhadi and other officials were also accompanied him.
Ashfaq Ahmed also went to Torkham Zero point where he was briefed about the current situation on the border with Afghanistan. He also met with officials and Torkham custom agents association office bearers. He heard them and assured to resolve their genuine problems on priority bases.
He said they want to improve trade relation with Afghanistan and double the import and export target via Torkham border.
“Initially we had abolished sale tax on fresh fruits import from Afghanistan to encourage Afghan traders to export their goods to Pakistan”, said FBR Chairman. He added that as they removed the sale tax within few days import of fresh fruits doubled from Afghanistan.
FBR Chairman said they want good trade relation with Afghanistan as they are focusing on improving trade activities with Afghanistan. He said for this purpose they would soon visit Kabul to meet the officials and heads to further strengthen import and export ties between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
He said as they hope that as the Kabul government get stability would work to facilitate bilateral business with Pakistan.
The FBR head directed officials concern to expadite documentation process of import and export goods so that custom agents could be able to speed up transportation from and to Afghanistan.