The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to relax conditions for the importers for obtaining “unique user identifiers” (UUIs) for WEBOC Registration under the Customs Computerized System.
FBR Issued SRO for Draft of Proposed Amendments
The FBR has recently issued SRO936(I)/2021 to amend Customs Rules, 2001, here on Monday. Under the proposed customs rules, the FBR will not ask for personal appearance and submission of original NTN and / or CNIC of the importers for obtaining “unique user identifier” for WeBOC Registration under the Customs Computerized System. Subject to where biometric information of the applicant is already available in sales tax or NTN Registration database.
It is mandatory for all importers interested or required to interact online with CCS may get himself registered as a user by submitting his application in Form-I to the Collector, Model Collectorate of Customs and also provide other related information.
Current mechanism of issuing WeBOC (Unique User Identification)
Currently, the ‘unique user identifier’ shall be taken / applied by the user or his authorized representative. Who shall appear in person before the User ID issuing Office with the following documents: (a) Original NTN or FTN; provided that an individual holding NTN shall appear in person and in case ladies her family member as representative can appear; (b) Original Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) of the person obtaining the unique user identifier and (c) A pay order of rupees five hundred in favor of the Collector, Model Collectorate of Customs; (d) Authority letter from the company, provided that in case the person receiving ID is owner, director or head of any such company, authority letter shall not be required, and (e) Employment letter of company relating to the person receiving unique user identifier.
Case of clearing, shipping or warehouse agent
In case the user is clearing, shipping or warehouse agent, he shall present original license issued by customs authorities in lieu of original NTN.
Case of a government department, embassy or an international organization
Provided further that in case the user is a government department, embassy or an international organization, etc, the authority letter in favor of person receiving it is issued by the head of that department, embassy or organization, as the case may be, is produced.
S.R.O. 936 (1)/2021
S.R.O. 936 (1)/2021.-The following draft of certain further amendments in the Customs Rules, 2001, which the Federal Board of Revenue proposes to make in exercise of the powers conferred by section 219 of the Customs Act, 1969 (IV of 1969), section 50 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990, section 40 of the Federal Excise Act, 2005 and section 237 of the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 (XLIX of 2001), is hereby published for information of all persons likely to be affected thereby and, as required under sub-section (3A) of section 219 of the Customs Act, 1969 (IV of 1969), notice is hereby given that objections or suggestions thereon, if any, may for consideration of the Board be sent within fifteen days of publication of the draft amendments in the official Gazette.
Objections or suggestions received from any person, before the expiry of the aforesaid period, shall be taken into consideration by the Federal Board of Revenue, namely:-
In the aforesaid Rules, in rule 426, in second proviso, for the full stop at the end a colon shall be substituted and thereafter the following new proviso shall be added, namely:-
“Provided also that personal appearance and submission of original NTN and CNIC shall not be required if bio-metric information and other information of the applicant is available in Sales Tax or NTN Registration database.”.