The interim government is poised to establish a dedicated Customs Board as part of the ongoing reform initiative to oversee the operations of Pakistan Customs.
Within the framework of the tax reform programme, five federal secretaries, namely those from Finance, Industries and Production, National Food Security, Commerce, and Interior, are slated to serve as ex-officio members of the Customs Board.
Insiders reveal that FBR Chairman Amjad Zubair Tiwana recently apprised Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar ul Haq Kakar of the FBR’s reform agenda.
Additionally, reports suggest that the government has decided to institute a novel position, “Member Appraisal,” within the Customs Department with the aim of segregating appraisal from operational and enforcement functions.
Sources further indicate that the government intends to expand the scope of the Track and Trace System to encompass additional sectors as part of the new reform framework.
Furthermore, as part of the reform measures, tax authorities are set to implement an electronic invoicing system in designated sectors with the objective of overseeing the entire supply chain and mitigating the risk of smuggling.