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Nimroz revenue witnesses boost

Nimroz revenue witnesses boost

Nov 08, 2010 - 14:42

 ZARANJ (PAN): The revenue of southwestern Nimroz province has reached 1.99 billion afghanis during the first seven months of 2010, indicating an increase of 590 million afghanis over last year's figure of 1.4 billion afghanis, an official said on Monday.

Determined efforts by staff and connection of the customs department with the finance ministry though the internet had translated into better efficiency and a considerable revenue boost, customs director, Ilhamuddin Mazhar, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

As a result of the internet facility, he claimed, vehicle tax collections had gone up by almost 100 percent. Previously, import duty was realised on 100 goods-laden vehicles a day, but now the figure ranges between 150 and 200.

Much of the revenue came from duties on fuel, auto parts, fabrics and electronics, Mazhar said, adding the goods were mostly imported from Iran. The revenue increase was achieved despite numerous problems such as goods clearance delays in Iran and the absence of heavy-duty computerised scales, he continued.

Fabric imports at the Nimroz customs department were promptly taxed in a day, a process that took two days at the Islam Qala Dry Port, said Haji Obaidullah, who imports textiles from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) through Bandar Abbas in Iran.

The route between Pul-i-Abresham and Bandar Abbas is 600 kilometres shorter than the Islam Qala-Bandar Abbas road. This is an additional attraction for traders to transfer their goods through Nimroz, he added.

Finance Ministry officials say Afghanistan's first-quarter revenue for the first seven months of the current year stands at more than 17.6 billion afghanis, showing a 28 percent increase. The government estimates at 86 billion afghanis the overall revenue of the country until the end of 2010.