NBR risk management unit remains ineffective for five years

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:05am on August 29, 2018


A file photo shows a container is being lifted using a crane at Chittagong port in Chittagong. National Board of Revenue has failed to make its central risk management unit effective in five years after formation of the cell. — New Age photo

National Board of Revenue has failed to make its central risk management unit effective in five years after formation of the cell.
Initially, NBR in 2014 formed a specialised central risk management team to detect risky traders, trade consignments and other factors related to duty evasion in import and export.
The unit was supposed to dig out the risk factors by analysing data and documents received from various sources and through its own intelligence unit.
But, it made no visible progress in achieving the goals over the years, mainly in absence of legal and logistics support and due to rotation and transfer of officials in the team.
Later, in May this year NBR established a five-member central risk management technical unit headed by the director general of the customs intelligence and investigation directorate.
Officials said that the unit also remained ineffective for four months due to lack of logistical support like separate office and complexities over the posting of officials in the unit.
NBR on Sunday again reconstituted the unit by assigning primarily two officials for full time.
An office space is also being prepared for the unit, NBR officials said.
AKM Nurul Huda Azad, a first secretary of NBR, was appointed as additional director general of the unit while another NBR first secretary Rozina Parveen was made joint director of the unit.
Officials said that NBR might appoint more officials in the unit to vibrant it.
A senior NBR official said that CRM unit would identify the risky traders, risky import-export consignments based on various criteria after analysing recent trends, past records and other data.
The criteria included consumer goods, consignments loaded with various types of goods, goods having high duty, country, luxury goods, origin of import, starting port, compliance of importers, customs and clearing agents and others, he said.
Risky goods and traders will be categorised as ‘red’ in the online system of customs and those goods and consignments of traders will be subject to physical examination, he adde1d.
For example, high duty goods have always high risk of duty evasion while imports from some specific countries, and through some specific ports also had similar risks, he said. The unit will consistently update the list of red category goods and traders through including and excluding names based on results of analysis, he added.
CRM unit officials will use data received from various customs houses, land customs stations, informant, various global database and Asycuda World system.