A new development by Pakistan Customs is underway and is in final phases, Pakistan Customs department is almost ready to launch e-payment system by 15th of March 2018.
Haris Ansari, additional director, Directorate Reforms and Automation (DRA) has informed that the customs department is going to launch e-payments module by March 15, 2018, while speaking at the first meeting of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) standing committee on customs.
During his presentation in the meeting he further explain the online mechanism and said, the facility will be provided 24/7 to importers and exporters in order to pay their taxes, custom duties and other charges online using their bank accounts, online banking or Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) to get their consignments cleared in a robust and swift manner at the ports using WeBOC system.
The system will be available for access from the drop-down menu under payment mode, traders can select the e-payment mode, the WeBOC system will submit the GD and generate the link “Pay duty and taxes via 1Link”, He added.
The system will generate a unique 20-digit payment slip ID (PSID) and provide the information and breakdown of duty and taxes that are due along with the PSID. The traders then login to their online banking or use ATM facility to pay the bill which should reflect “FBR” as a recipient. Further, after entering PSID, the payment details would be displayed on the screen for traders to approve payment of taxes and duties, the bank account of the traders would be debited with a successful transaction message on the screen and the system will proceed to process the good declaration filed by the traders.
The e-payment system would also allow subsequent payment of the charges for processing goods declaration, if any reassessment made by customs, the system would issue e-CPR to the trade on the basis of PSID.
The FPCCI is working on the vision of ease of doing business in Pakistan, this is another admirable development by Pakistan customs to automate the process and bring ease of trade in the country. Chairman FPCCI standing committee on Customs recognized the efforts of Directorate for brining e-payment module. The system would allow traders to pay their dues online in no time and for 24 hours and 7 days a week.