Nimroz custom dept revenue surges manifold: Official
ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The revenue of western Nimroz custom has increased by 950 million afghanis ($16.4 million) in the previous solar year, an official said, linking the surge to good governance.
Custom Deputy Director Abdul Ghani Turabi told Pajhwok Afghan News the revenue in 2013 year stood at $5.889 billion while the amount in 2014 has increased to $5.836 billion.
He said 20 percent of the revenue was collected from fuel imports and 80 percent from garments, electronics, vehicle parts and other items imported from Iran.
Turabi linked the hike in revenue to good governance, law enforcement, custom clearing evaluation and installation of Automated System for Customs Data in the department.
The fuel in the past was illegally trafficked to Afghanistan through Kang and Chahar Burjak districts of the province but illegal imports were prevented after patrolling by Nimroz custom police.
Kang district Chief Juma Alami said goods smuggled from Iran had passed through Farah province then to Kang district and Herat and Kandahar provinces. Illegal imports have been stopped after taking preemptive measures, he said.
Alami added that some trucks trying to traffic cement through Kang district were recently stopped.
However, Turabi said that traders’ interest on transporting their goods through the Nimroz port was another reason that added to the custom revenue.
But he added lack of a truck scale on the port was still a problem. If a high tonnes scale installed at the custom it would accelerate weighting goods and further increase to the revenue, he said.
Another problem is lack of parking area for fuel tanks and commercial trucks that are currently parking in the same area, he said.
“Fuel tanks should be parked in a separate location because any mishap in the trucks can lead to a huge damage to other goods. Unfortunately, there is no capacity for separate parking and the government should allocate a parking area at Nimroz custom department,” he said.
Abdul Sattar, a businessman, expressed concern over shortage of parking area and said that the possibility of fire would increase by getting the weather warm and it may cause destruction to all parking trucks.
A custom official wishing anonymity confirmed that the amount of tax they taking from fuel imports has not changed. The taxes are collecting based on the council of ministers’ draft law approved last year, he added.
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