Saturday, 26 March 2016

Pakistan to establish customs complex at Torkham border with Afghanistan

The authorities of Pakistan are working on the construction of a major customs complex at Torkham border in an attempt to improve trade volume with financial contribution from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Peshawar Customs Office said the new complex would reduce the duration of checking and clearing process at the border from one day to one hour. The complex is a first of its kind in the country, which will make border crossing systematic, fully computerized and will augment trade volume on the historic route. Customs complex would improve facilities related to clearance of loaded trucks crossing the border to Afghanistan and cars.

The complex, covering about 90 acres of land, would house customs and immigration offices, two-way customs and immigration terminals, checking and scanning plazas for pedestrians, passenger and cargo vehicles.

The ADB has provided USD 300 million loan for execution of the projects on soft term basis to Pakistan while National Logistic Cell (NLC) was implementing the project.