LANDIKOTAL: The Customs clearance agents on the Pak-Afghan border in Torkham on Thursday held strike in favour of their demands.

The Customs Association president Zarqeeb Shinwari said they are boycotting the clearance of vehicles to record their protest. He alleged that the National Logistics Cell (NLC) and Customs Department officials are impeding the Pak-Afghan trade. Shinwari said the Web-Based One Customs (WeBOC) system requires uninterrupted electricity and internet connection for efficient working, but these facilities are not available at the Torkham border due to which they are facing difficulties.

Hundreds of goods trucks and trailers are stranded on Torkham border due to the strike of the customs clearance agents.

On the other hand, Customs Collector Dr Syed Jadoon said the WeBOC system has helped in boosting the Pak-Afghan trade. He said the system is here to stay and it will be improved further.

The Customs Department says WeBOC is a one-window and an interactive system that works in a completely paperless manner. One can enter into the portal of WeBOC by clicking its link and carry out all his activities related to Customs from anywhere in Pakistan. It requires a user ID, a computer and an internet connection.

However, the Customs clearance agents are of the view that this system is not viable due to continuous disruption of electricity and internet. They are demanding restoration of manual system of Customs clearance.