of goods containers under the Green Channel in Pakistani ports including
Karachi has reached 50 per cent of total cargo, leading to reduced dwell time
for containers at ports and facilitating trade.
The target is 60 pc
is to enhance container clearance via the Green Channel to 60 pc, a senior
Customs official was quoted by a leading
Islamabad based daily.
under the Green Channel usually take 15 minutes to clear the port. Around 40
per cent of the total container traffic is cleared via this channel whereas the
rest is done under the Yellow Channel (marked for assessment) or the Red
Channel (marked for examination).
of Green Channel clearances is affected by the conditionality imposed under the
import policy as the Risk Management System (RMS) only clears containers which
comply with the import policy.
official said continuous improvement in the Pakistan Customs have been able to
achieve the level of Green Channel clearances up to 50 per cent of total
containerised cargo. “This has impacted the swift clearances from ports,
reducing the port congestion and dwell time, and have curtailed cost of doing
business,” the official said.
In July 2020, clearance via the Green
Channel up to the extent of 32 per cent
2020, clearance via the Green Channel was up to the extent of 32 per cent of
Good Declarations (GDs) wise and 40 per cent container wise. The improvements
brought through the Risk Management Policy and reform programme by the Pakistan
Customs, the clearances at ports through Green Channel have reached to 45pc GD
wise and 50pc of total containerised cargo.
2020 up to March 24, 2021, as many as 24, 686 containers have availed the
facility of Green Channel at imports.
On the exports side, 74 per cent of total
containers cleared through Green Channel
exports side, 74 per cent of total containers, which are 28,755 containers have
been cleared through Green Channel. Other upcoming reforms like Virtual
Assessment by computers will bring more trade facilitation removing human
intervention and booting exports and economy of Pakistan, the official said.
Customs in February 2019 revamped the Web Based One Customs system (WeBOC) by
developing and designing an upgraded user-friendly software version ‘WeBOC-Glo’
which was supported by a robust RMS.