Tanners fear premature abortion of WeBOC

Karachi: Agha Saiddain Chairman Pakistan Tanners Association (Central) has feared that the tanners fear premature abortion of Web-based One Customs (WeBOC) system.

In a statement issued Tuesday he said Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has implemented Web Based One Custom System (WeBOC) for all Exports and Imports on all Customs Stations in the country from March 08, 2013.

The main purpose of this system is to clear the goods using online facilities and without human contact. The WeBOC System was put on trial since September 2010. In September 2012, the FBR had made it mandatory for all goods declarations of exports at Karachi International Terminal and Pakistan International Terminal to be process with WeBOC.

From March 08, 2013 WeBOC System has been introduced at all nine Customs Stations of Gawadar, Karachi, Hyderabad, Multan, Faisalabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar. The software has been launched despite many existing flaws including inter-post movement, acceptance of AWBs from Airlines operating from Dubai, acceptance of Bills of Lading of mother vassals not operating from Pakistan. The Sales Tax Returns of March 2013 are still pending due to non acceptance of WeBOC System.

Agha Saiddain said our members face many other difficulties in the system. The main problem with the system is that after accepting all export data the system shows “No Rebate” (NR) on items on which duty drawback is allowed under manual system. He gave an example of H.S Code Number 9401:7900, 4205:0000 when entry under WeBOC is filed it shows NR i.e. No Rebate. This has created panic among our members as there are hundreds of such items not acceptable to the system, but Duty Draw Back is allowed on these items through manual system.

He further added that FBR should have removed these flows in the system before its implementation. He requested FBR to immediately address these issues failing which whole Sales Tax Return, Duty Drawback System will collapse. This will have adverse effect on our exports and will increase cost of imports due to delay in clearance of goods at various ports.

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