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Pakistan Customs have amended SRO 966(I)/202 dated 05-10-2020. As per the amendment, in rule 484-E, in sub-rule (1), of the Customs Rules, 2001, a proviso has been added to the effect that weighment of transit cargo shall not be carried out at the Torkham customs station till the completion of the Integrated Transit Trade Management System (ITTMS) Terminal.
This amendment has apparently been introduced to ease pressure at Torkham for the outbound transit cargo from Pakistan and the recent reports of huge backlog in the clearance of such cargo at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Transit movements under the APTTA have been characterized by occasional en route pilferage after being cleared from seaports in Karachi. However, in this instance transit trade facilitation and reduction of dwell time at borders appears to be prime consideration.