Govt treats all exporters equally, NA assured
ISLAMABAD : The National Assembly was assured on Thursday that no discriminatory treatment was meted out to the exporters of Balochistan, who export goods to Afghanistan or vice versa.
Responding to a Calling Attention Notice moved by Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Muhammad Afzal said that the government has in fact provide special incentives on exports of various products to Afghanistan from Chamman and Turkham borders.
He said that exporters are allowed to exports the perishable items including fruits, vegetables, meat and daily-used products in Pakistani currency, however the transactions regarding the exports of all other goods is being executed in dollar terms.
He also dispelled the impression that the customs officials making discrimination among the exporters of Balochistan and other provinces adding the country’s customs rules were clear, which does not allow any such discrimination.
To a question on Letter of Credit (LC) margins, the Parliamentary secretary said that this issue was not related to the government as it is actually about the dealing of bank and exporter. He said that the banks charge more or less LC margins keeping in view the credibility it has for the exporters.
He said that the government was very much concerned on enhancing the exports form the country so it has been taking all possible steps in this regard. He said that if there were any specific complaints that could be addressed.
Earlier, Mehmood Khan Achakzai said that discriminator treatment of customs officials with the exporters of Balochistan who export goods to Afghanistan and vice versa whereby they are asked to pay 100% customs duty, in collars, in advance but not the exporters of rest of the provinces in the country.