30,000 refund claims pending with MCC Export Karachi

A total of 25,000 to 30,000 claims of rebate and duty drawback are pending with the Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Exports Karachi, reflecting huge pendency of claims filed by the Karachi-based importers and exporters.
The issue was discussed during the last board-in-council meeting chaired by Secretary General Revenue Division and FBR Chairman M Abdullah Yusuf.
Expressing his displeasure over thousands of pending refund claims at MCC Export, Karachi, the chairman directed FBR Member Customs to take action against the officials responsible for this huge pendency, which caused inconvenience to the exportersimporters. The meeting, however, noted that 80 percent of the refund claims were of very small amount which should be paid immediately.
Board-in-council directed the customs authorities to fix responsibility on the customs officials involved in delay in processing of claims.
When Business Recorder contacted customs officials, they said that these are basically claims involving small amount of Rs 15,000 and above etc. There are many claims where incomplete documents were being submitted by the exporters. The exporters wanted to timely file claims with the relevant Collectorate. For this purpose, claims even without necessary documents were filed with the plea that missing documents would be submitted at the later stage.
For example, if 15,000 claims of duty drawback and rebate are being filed, around 1,000 to 1,5000 were submitted without complete documents. Following disposal of pending claims on monthly basis, the pendency could be around 3,000 claims per month, gradually increasing the overall number of unclear claims.
Sources said that around, 3,000 to 4,000 claims are definitely accepted out of total figure of 15,000 per month. In the past it was practised that the customs officials did not accept incomplete duty drawback claims. Now, the practice has been changed and incomplete claims were being accepted. This resulted in pending claims, which could not be sanctioned by the customs officials till all documents are being submitted by the same importersexporters, sources added.

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