A commemorative postage stamp on the Customs Centenary (1878–1978) :
Issued by Pakistan
Issued on Dec 10, 1979
Issued for : To commemorate one hundred years of Customs Services Pakistan Post Office is issuing a postage stamp of Re. 1/- denomination on 10-12-1979.
Designer : Adil Salahuddin
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : Re. 1/-
Colours : Red, Blue, Yellow and Black
Size of Stamp : 38.34 x 28.50 m.m.
Size of Print : 35.34 x 25.50 m.m.
Perforation Gauge : 13 x 13½ C
Quantity : 1000,000
Number of Stamps in One sheet : 96 (Ninety six)
Process of Printing : Litho Offset
Printers : Pakistan Security Printing Corporation, Karachi
- 1978 marked the completion of a hundred years of service by the Customs Department as guardians of the economic and fiscal frontiers of the areas which now constitute Pakistan. Although the concept of Customs dawned with the era when man learnt the secret of international trade, the history of Customs in the sub-continent can be traced to the Mirs of Sind and the subsequent British Administration. The year 1878 marked a focal point in Customs administration, for it was in this year that various laws were consolidated in the Sea Customs Act, 1878. At the times, Customs revenue collection was mere 3 lac rupees, a figure which is dwarfed by the collection of about rupees 1200 crore this year, constituting over 60% of the federal revenue budget.
- Independence necessitated a new set of priorities and requisites which led to the repeal of the Sea Customs Act of 1878 and to the birth of the Customs Act of 1969. The Customs Department, apart from collection of duties on import and export, facilitates international passenger traffic into and out of Pakistan, contributes to industrial production and export promotion through incentives. Its watchward is “efficiency, courtesy and integrity”.
- Today, as may be seen from the map, there are over 24 Customs Establishments all over the country, protecting the nation’s economic and fiscal frontiers from the beaches of Gwadar and Karachi, to the plains of Lahore and the rugged mountains of the Khyber.
- Issued by: The Director General, Pakistan Post Office, Karachi.