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Afghanistan faces drastic revenue plunge amid customs corruption

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KABUL: The ministry of finance says about large corruption in the custom offices, saying that 40 per cent of incomes are wasted.

Shamroz Masjedi, the ministry spokesman, said Monday that incorrect tariffs and changing of goods in the custom offices reduce the custom incoming.

However, he said that the government had taken a new approach to control the situation including digitalizing of the works and employing people through competition.

Masjedi added that scanners are planned to be established in the custom offices to prevent smuggling.

The government income that was increasing in the past eight years, had an unprecedented reduction this year due to the Corona virus outbreak, according to official data.

The ministry of finance said that 63 billion Afs were collected from custom incomes in the current fiscal year. It was four billion Afs less than last year’s income.

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