To avert duty evasion and intercept import of banned products, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to introduce modern technology-based scanners.
The revenue authority will set up the latest technology-based scanners at the country’s six customs houses by this year, and all Letter of Credit (LC) stations will be brought under this service by 2021, according to sources.
Once the project is implemented, it will exponentially intercept the import of banned arms, explosives and other harmful chemicals, the sources added.
To execute this project, the exchequer will have to spend Tk 2500 crore and the procedure is now under process, a NBR official concerned told Bangladesh Post.
The total process will be conducted under Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis and the PPP authority of Prime Minister’s office has already given its nod to carry out the project, he added.
NBR now will float a tender seeking competent IT firms for implementing the project and carrying out its maintenance for a certain period, sources said.
Currently, there are scanner machines at the country’s Chattogram customs house, Benapole customs House, Kamalapur Inland Container Depot (ICD), and Dhaka customs house.
However, except for Chattogram, the machines at other customs houses are outworn which are unable to continue their checking accurately.
So, the risk of importing of banned goods, arms and explosives are on the rise.
Currently, there are six customs houses and 31 LC stations in the country.
The NBR official said incorporation of such scanners would avert the import-banned materials through ports as these machines can even detect the presence of any small size materials or goods inside any consignment.
As it intercepts miss-declaration it would accelerate the government’s revenue collection, he added.
The miss-declaration in import procedures is a wide-long ill practice across the world. But it is more acute in developing countries like Bangladesh.
The country’s many unscrupulous traders very often evade government’s revenue through miss-declarations and they also bring many import-ban materials dodging the customs officials.