KHYBER AGENCY - The customs officials on Wednesday set nine fresh conditions for clearing of goods at Torkham.

As per new conditions produced by the clearing agents, the traders would have to present an authorization letter, a proof of payment, trade agreement between parties on prescribed papers, a certificate under grading and marking rules 1967, 68, 70, 71, 73 and 1979, registration with respective product association, certificate of origin from respective product association, copies of CNIC and NTN, Phytosanitary certificate and IPOs registration of brand for export of food items.

For import, the custom house has asked the clearing agents for providing the following documents while clearing import goods via Torkham border.

It includes authorization latter from importer to clearing agent, certificate of origin, a Phytosanitary certificate for fruit and vegetable import, aflatoxin certificate for fruits and dry fruit) and the agreement between the importer and Afghani exporter.

When Torkham clearing agent association Vice President Haji Wahid Shinwari was contacted on the matter, he said that it was impossible for the clearing agents’ community to meet the conditions set by the customs officials.

He said it is a time-consuming procedure to produce all the required documents at the offices of the authorities providing the certificates are located in Peshawar and most of the agents are unfamiliar with the newly introduced clearing procedure.

Haji Wahid said due to lack of proper documents not a single truck of export or imports was cleared by the customs office on Wednesday. He said that he had convinced an emergency meeting of the association on Thursday in which we will decide the future strategy regarding the implementation of new clearing rules at Torkham custom centre.

It is important to mention here that as halting to clearing process, tens of hundreds loaded trailers and trucks stranded on both sides of the border.