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In a meeting held in CBIC office on 25 March, 2019, with Mr. Pranab K. Das, the Chairman of the Central Board for Indirect Taxes and Customs, Govt of India, Mr. Mansoor Sahak, the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, New Delhi enumerated the problems Afghan traders while exporting their consignments to India. The issues of  4 – 5 days delay in obtaining clearance certificates for Afghani consignments because of laboratory tests taking time at the airport and other ports of the host country and the accompanying demurrage charges that are levied, because of the delay, he emphasized on challenges and expected appropriate solutions from Indian side.

Mr. Das took note of the problems and promised to take the matter at the earliest for trade facilitation forum which is chaired by CBIC and Authorities from FSSAI as well as P&Q attend as members of mentioned forum. Mr. Sahak pointed out problems faced by Afghani traders while they import goods for Exhibition and trade fairs in India. As a solution, Mr. Das recommended Using of ATA carnets "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission." which acts as passport of goods and issued by custom authorities, where goods can enter to another country for exhibition purpose free from GST (Goods and services tax) and duty free by acquiring ATA carnet.

He also suggested that Afghanistan needed to conduct the necessary lab tests in the ports and airports inside Afghanistan, under the supervision of a regulatory body so that the consignments are not delayed in obtaining the required clearance certifications in India. This can be possible through signing Mutual Recognition Agreement between two countries Standard and testing authorities.

In conclusion, Mr. Das promised full cooperation of CBIC in any area in order to boost trade and investment between two countries. 

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