FBR rejects TV board declaration by Changhong Ruba

FBR rejects TV board declaration by Changhong Ruba

KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has rejected declaration by M/s. Changhong Ruba Electric Company (Pvt) Limited for clearance of TV boards.

Pakistan Customs in this regard issued Public Notice No. 01/2023 regarding implementation of the orders of the Appellate Tribunal Lahore Bench in Customs Appeal regarding determination of ‘PCB Board for LED TV’.

The Directorate of Post Clearance Audit (Central), Lahore forwarded a reference vide letter C.No.PCA/LHR/Team-A/180/2019/6307 dated 03.03.2022 for classification of ‘PCB Boards for LED TV’ under PCT Code 8529.9090 or under PCT 8534.0000.

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Brief facts as reported by the referring Directorate are that M/s Changhong Ruba Electric Company (Pvt) Limited, Lahore imported consignments of ‘PCB Boards for LED TV’ and cleared the same under PCT heading 8534.000.

The Directorate of Post Clearance Audit (Central), Lahore observed that printed circuit boards imported in the subject cases were fully mounted as it was evident from the examination reports and classifiable under PCT heading 8529.9090 being parts of LED TV in light of Explanatory Notes to Heading 8534 which clearly excludes fully mounted circuit boards.

The referring Directorate asserted that in case of GD No.LAPR-HC-4995-30-09-2019, the importer did not object or feel aggrieved with classification/assessment of the Collectorate.

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The referring Directorate further stated that contravention was made and the case was adjudicated vide Order-In-Original No.395/2021 upholding the classification and stance of the Directorate.

Being aggrieved, the importer filed Appeal No.62/LB/2022 before the learned Appellate Tribunal, Lahore Bench and the learned Tribunal vide orders dated 22.02.2022 directed for referral of the matter to the Classification Centre for determination of the under impugned goods.

Hearings in the case were held on 05.04.2022, 11.05.2022, 13.08.2022, 22.10.2022 and 12.11.2022 which were attended by representatives of importer, Directorate of Post Clearance Audit and members of the Classification Committee.

The Departmental Representative contented that goods are active as well as passive components mounted PCBs and specifically designed for use in the manufacturing of televisions.

Moreover, Examination reports as well as declared description confirm that the imported PCBs are specific for LED televisions; hence, correctly classifiable under PCT headings 8529.9090.

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The Departmental Representative also asserted that the declared PCT heading 8534.0000 was totally irrelevant as this heading clearly excludes components mounted PCBs in light of Explanatory Notes to HS Code 8534 and Note 2 to Section XVI.

On the other hand, representative of importer argued that printed circuits are specifically classifiable under PCT heading 8534.0000 in Pakistan Customs Tariff lie further contended that Printed Circuit Boards are classified under PCT headings 8534.0000 in the Fifth Schedule to the Customs Act, 1969.

Moreover, Printed Circuit Boards are classifiable under HS code 8534.0000 in the Valuation Rulings No.1425/2019 dated 06.11.2019 and 1494/2020 dated 27.11.2020.

The Classification Committee considered the arguments and documents put forth by the two sides and also perused the relevant provisions of law dealing with the HS classification. Classification of any imported goods under Pakistan Customs Tariff is determined under the General Rules for the Interpretation (GIR) of First Schedule to the Customs Act, 1969.

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The classification committee considered stance taken and PCT Code 8534.0000 relied upon by the importer. As far as the PCT Code of printed circuit boards mentioned in the above referred Valuation Rulings issued under Section 25A of the Customs Act, 1969, and the Fifth Schedule to the Customs Act, 1969, is concerned, the Committee observed that such mentioning of PCT Codes is for reference purposes only and not for legal determination of classification of goods.

Needless to mention that PCT Code ‘8534.000’ mentioned against S.No.23 Table under Part-I of the Fifth Schedule to the Customs Act, 1969 was changed to “Respective heading’ vide Finance Act, 2021-22 to correct any confusion regarding PCT Codes of two types of goods described therein as ‘Bare or Stuffed Metal Clad Printed Circuit Board (MCPCB)’ and that on queries from field formations, the Board vide letter C.No.1(36) Mach./95 dated 14.02.2022 clarified that such change was meant to basically make the description and PCT Codes consistent.

The committee observed that the subject ‘Printed Circuit Boards’ are specifically designed for LED televisions and are reported to be mounted, in terms of Explanatory Note to PCT heading 85.34, as sated above, such boards stand excluded therefrom and in the light of Note 2(b) of the Section Notes to Section XVI, such types of boards fall under PCT headings 8529.9090.

In light of the above mentioned facts, Classification Committee is of the view that the subject goods i.e. of ‘PCB Boards for LED TV’ are appropriately classifiable under PCT heading 8529.9090, in terms of Rule land 3(4) of the General Rules of Interpretation.