Kashmir’s premiere trade body, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s president, Javed Ahmad Tenga took strong exception to the repeated problems being faced by exporters due to the inability of the Srinagar Customs in providing hassle free services.
In this regard, Tenga stated that in spite of the Kashmir Chamber giving advance notice to the Customs Department about the importance of taking all possible measures for providing smooth and hassle-free services in May/June in view of the Holy month of Ramzan due to which increased business was anticipated.
“No consignments of exporters could be despatched since the 18th of May, 2018 due to a minor glitch in the system. This has resulted in causing irreparable losses to the exporters who already had a very tight despatch schedule,” he said.
He further stated that the Customs are reportedly resorting to hundred percent physical examination of consignments which apart from being time consuming causes unwarranted harassment. This practice is being conducted only in our State and therefore deplorable.
Earlier, KCCI had urged the Jammu and Kashmir government to take up the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel with the Union government.
In a statement, KCCI had said that the state government should take up the matter to reduce petrol and diesel prices with the union government.
“Kashmir, being in a critical condition, it was time to revisit the state levies on petrol and diesel and urgently take up the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel with the Union Government,” the statement quoted KCCI president Javed Ahmad Tenga as having stated.