Modern Border Customs Complex being set up in Torkham
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): A state-of-the-art Border Customs Complex is being set up in the border town of Torkham to boost trade with Afghanistan and Central Asian Republics (CARs) an official says.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to give Pakistan a $300 million loan on soft terms to execute the project being implemented by National Logistic Cell (NLC).
Peshawar Customs Collector Qurban Ali Khan told reporters on Wednesday: “NLC has acquired 88 acres of land in Torkham and work on the customs complex will begin soon.”
The project will make border crossing systematic, fully computerised and enhance the trade volume on the historic route. It is expected to hasten the clearance of loaded trucks crossing the border.
Ali said the complex would house customs and immigration offices, two-way customs and immigration terminals, checking and scanning plazas for pedestrians, passenger and cargo vehicles.
Installation of scanners, he added, would help check smuggling, as the current goods clearancesystem did not allow customs officials to check heavy vehicles thoroughly.
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