Customs barred from auction of cigarettes without health warning

ISLAMABAD: Customs authorities have been barred from auction of confiscated cigarettes without printed health warning.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Tuesday issued draft amendment to Customs Rules 2001. In this regard SRO 554(I)/2020 has been issued to invite comments from stakeholders.

The FBR proposed amendment to sub-rule (3) of rule 58 of Customs Rules, 2001. The proposed amendment is: “(vi) cigarettes packing whereof does not bear printed graphical health warning in accordance with Section 3 of the Cigarettes (Printing of Warning) Ordinance, 1979.”

Prior to this proposed amendment, as per sub-rule (3) the following goods shall not be put on auction and be sold or disposed off in the manner as prescribed by the FBR, namely:

Arms and ammunition;

Liquor/narcotics and like goods;

Confiscated books, written material which in obscene, subversive, anti-state or anti-religion;

Transit goods excluding confiscated goods; and

Diplomatic cargo excluding confiscated goods.

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