Notified Procedure for TAD under Afghan Transit Trade


ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has notified the procedure for issuing the Temporary Admission Document (TAD) in Afghan transit trade.

The FBR published SRO 802(I)/2022 amend Customs Rules, 2001 by inserting new rule 482A.

In March 2022, Pakistan and Afghanistan implemented transit movement and bilateral trade through TAD for commercial vehicles.

As part of this agreement, the Pakistani Embassy in Kabul and Consulates General in Jalalabad and Kandahar will issue TADs for Afghan vehicles. The Afghan Embassy in Islamabad and Consulates General in Peshawar and Quetta will issue entry documents for Pakistani vehicles.

This decision, aimed at improving regional connectivity with Central Asian states, envisages the provision of TADs to carriers on both sides.

“482A. Procedure for Issuance of TAD.- Notwithstanding the provisions of Rule 482, the following procedure and conditions shall initially be followed for the issuance and regulation of TAD, namely:-

(1) Karachi Transit Trade Directorate and Afghan Ministry of Transport must share the list of licensed transport operators and their vehicles before starting to issue the TAD. When new transport operators and their vehicles are added to the list, the other party is immediately informed by e-mail. The two parties will designate focal points for the rapid exchange of this information. Proper and complete records of all licensed transport operators and their vehicles must be kept by both parties;

(2) The list of approved Afghan Transport Operators and their registered vehicles shall be forwarded by Transit Trade Directorate Karachi to the relevant officers of Pakistan Embassy in Kabul and Consulate General of Pakistan in Kandahar and Jalalabad and the list licensed operators Pakistani transporters and their registered vehicles must be forwarded by the Afghan authorities to the relevant officers at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Islamabad or Consulate General of Afghanistan in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.

(3) Application for TAD by Afghan Authorized Transport Operators for Vehicles Registered in Afghanistan as per Appendix IIIA, together with the required documents, must be collected every working day at Counter No. 5 at the Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul and the Consulate of Pakistan in Kandahar. for 1100 to 1200 hours. Whereas TAD applications for vehicles registered in Pakistan under Appendix IIIB are to be collected every working day from the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad and the Afghan Consulate General in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar for 1000 to 1100 hours;

(4) no fee will be charged for the application form. Availability and Consulate or Consulate websites are also downloadable;

(5) The Commercial Officer or Commercial Assistant assigned to the Commercial Section of the Pakistan Embassy in Kabul and the Consulate General of Pakistan in Kandahar will issue the TAD for vehicles registered in Afghanistan. The Transport Attaché, Embassy of Afghanistan in Islamabad and Consulate General of Afghanistan in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar in Pakistan issue the TAD for vehicles registered in Pakistan. The format of the TAD is attached in Appendix IIIC.

(6) At the time of issuance of the TAD, by the Pakistani authorities, to the authorized transport operators of Afghanistan for a vehicle registered in Afghanistan, the details of the vehicle must be cross-checked with the details sent by the Directorate General of Commerce transit, Karachi;

(7) The TAD will be issued upon payment of a fee of USD 100. The TAD fee collected by the Embassy or Consulates of Pakistan in Afghanistan will be transferred monthly to the account of the General Directorate of Transit Trade. A barcode with full vehicle details can be embossed on the TAD;

(8) The TAD must be issued within five working days of receipt of applications;

(9) the validity of the TAD is 180 days (06 months) from the date of issue with the option of multiple entries with a maximum stay of 30 days in Pakistan and Afghanistan;

(10) Declaration of TADs issued by Embassy and Consulates in Pak should be sent daily to designated focal person of Transit Trade Directorate in Karachi via email and Afghan side will develop the same system on their side ;

(11) The TAD is valid for one vehicle at a time and only for the carrier to which it was issued; it is not transferable to other carriers;

(12) any unauthorized entry or tampering with the TAD will render it null and void.

(13) Pakistan Customs will record each entry or exit trip on the last page of the TAD; the Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation will do the same;

(14) the security and safety of the TAD in the country of origin is the responsibility of the transport operator. If the TAD is lost in the country of origin, the transport operator in whose name the TAD is issued must first register an FIR and then request a new TAD by providing a copy of the FIR. The embassies or consulates inform the competent authorities, in order to cancel this TAD in their file;

(15) The security and safety of the TAD in the territory of the other Contracting Party is the responsibility of the driver of the vehicle. In case of loss of the TAD, the driver must first register an FIR at the nearest police station and inform the transport or customs authorities. For the exit on the crossing points he will have to provide proof of his regular entry and a copy of the FIR deposited with the police. The embassies or consulates inform the competent authorities, in order to cancel this TAD in their file;

(16) If the vehicle goes missing in the territory of Pakistan, the driver will immediately report the incident to the nearest police station and register the FIR. He must submit the copy of the FIR to the office of the nearest Customs Authority. In such cases, the transport operator will be liable to pay the duties and taxes due on the goods as established by Pakistan Customs. A similar procedure will be adopted by the other Contracting Party in its territory.

(17) The TAD will be valid for both bilateral and transit trade at the following BCPs:-

a) Torkham (transit and bilateral trade)

(b)

c) Shaman (transit and bilateral trade)

d) Ghulam Khan (transit and bilateral trade)

(e) Kharlachi (bilateral trade)

f) Angoor Adda (bilateral trade)

Cabotage is not permitted. Any violation of this rule will result in the blacklisting of the vehicle and the cancellation of the TAD.

(18) The respective Transit Trade Directorate will act as the focal formation for the TAD for transit transport as well as for bilateral goods.

(19) The following documents must be submitted by the requesting transport operator to obtain the TAD:

(a) application form in the format set out in Appendix IIIA and Appendix IIIB;

(b) the Vehicle’s expired TAD (in the original) will be required after 180 days of operationalization;

(c) a copy of the owner’s national identity card or passport;

d) copy of the vehicle registration book;

e) a copy of the license or authorization issued by the Afghan Ministry of Transport to Afghan transporters for the international transport of goods or a copy of the license or authorization issued by Pakistan Customs to Pakistani transporters for the transport international freight;

(f) a valid certificate of fitness is required for Afghan vehicles every 180 days;

(g) photo of the vehicle for registration purposes; and

(h) serial numbered letter of authorization issued by the

carrier concerned.

(21) The Contracting Parties shall, in accordance with their respective laws, rules and regulations, grant a multiple entry visa to the driver and one assistant of the vehicle valid for a period of one year, each stay not exceeding 30 days. In exceptional circumstances, the Ministries of Interior of both countries will consider the VISA extension request after meeting the legal requirements.

482B. The arrangement prescribed by Rule 482A is a temporary arrangement which shall prevail until the formalities under the Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement, 2022 are finalized and would cease to have effect from the date of notification of the FBR.

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