Courier Operators concerned over the Pakistan Courier and Logistics Regulatory Authority Act 2017
Courier Operators concerned over the Pakistan Courier and Logistics Regulatory Authority Act 2017: Courier Operators concerned over the Pakistan Courier and Logistics Regulatory Authority Act 2017: Private couriers, cargo and logistics service providers are operating without any regulatory system these days. They fix their own charges and are not paying general sales taxes and other levies. Many occurrences of under- and over-pricing have been noted and there is no legal security for the customers.
In order to regulate these operators “Pakistan Courier and Logistics Regulatory Authority Act 2017” bill was passed by National Assembly on February 13, 2017. It is yet to be approved by the senate to become an act.
In a joint letter to Deputy Chairman Senate, courier companies termed the bill as uninformed and discretionary in nature. Courier and logistic operators said that they have not been consulted on the bill titled ‘Pakistan Courier and Logistics Regulatory Authority Act 2017’. They said that their feedback was not sought before the introduction of the bill in the National Assembly. The industry collectively pays heavy amounts of revenue in the form of various levies and taxes to the federal, provincial and local governments. They said that if the Bill is endorsed in its present form, it will have an awful result for the private service providers. TCS has 16,000 clients in the corporate sector while over 40,000 people daily visit its centers from all over the country.
They demanded to revise the provisions of the bill and take into account the due concerns of the industry. They also criticized the composition of members in the authority as Pakistan Post Office (PPO) has a permanent position on the board of the authority. This means that the majority members can pass any rules and regulations under the Act without any regard to the participation and involvement of the private sector.
Government sources have claimed that the proposed act aims to regulate the functions of the courier and cargo sector, help generate funds for the government and set tariffs for courier services in a transparent and fair manner. Jawad Khalil, Chairman Central FPCCI Standing Committee on Freight Forwarding and Logistics Services, has informed that members are reviewing the bill regarding its negative and positive impacts and to address the concerns of the companies.