‘Overhauling helps multiply Sher Khan Port revenue’
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Officials of Sher Khan Dry Port in northeastern Kunduz province on Saturday said installations of new equipments at the facility have helped prevent corruption and bolster revenue generation.
The custom department officials said installation of Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), T2 systems, International Transport System and a standard high tonnage scale this year at the port had provided connectivity 172 countries and facilitate trade tariffs clearances through at the port.
Shahabuddin Bawar, the port custom director, told Pajhwok Afghan News after installing the new system, custom officials could easily search transport of a shipment that had registered with the custom until it reaches to the target destination.
In addition, the new system had also added to the custom revenue, he said, adding the amount of revenue this year in April was 64 million Afghanis as compared to 54 million last year.
Business affairs would get improved if security situation in the port ensured, Bawar said.
Ministry of Finance, he said had set revenue target for this year for the customs department at 800 million afs. But the director expects more revenue would be collected.
Last year, the ministry sat a target of 600 million Afghanis for the custom revenue but only 540 million could be collected due to election crisis.
Bawar said the installation of new system had also helped prevent corruption in the port.
Businessmen also expressed satisfaction from new facilities provided at Sher Khan Port.
Abdul Rassool, a trader, said that they were forced to pay bribe in the past when clearing their tariffs.
But he said that there were still problems in warehouses because there was no storage facility for their goods.
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