MULTAN   -  A delegation of Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) visited Custom House, Multan. The office-bearers of MCCI were informed about the recent counter-smuggling and export-facilitation measures taken by Multan Enforcement-Collectorate.

During the meeting with MCCI office-bearers including Khawaja Salahuddin, President, Syed Iftikhar Ali Shah, Senior Vice-president, Mian Fazal Elahi Sheikh, Mian Rashid Iqbal and Muhammad Shafique (General Secretary), the reasons for Pakistan’s high import bill, mainly due to the import of POL and edible oil, came under discussion. It was suggested that cultivation of oilseed crops, viz., Canola, Soybean, Sunflower etc., may supplement the domestic need for edible oil. 

The MCCI representatives emphasised upon the need that exports consignments of Multan-based industry should be effected from Multan, instead of Karachi, as it will lower the cost of doing business. They were informed that the government has had introduced an all inclusive Export Facilitation Scheme (EFS) with a special focus on small and medium enterprises. The need for enhanced interaction between customs and trade community was emphasised. 

The MCCI representatives also highlighted the need for conducting awareness seminar on the EFS vis-à-vis WeBOC and Pakistan Single Window. The visitors were informed that the seminar(s) would be conducted in liaison with the Appraisement Collectorate.