Finance Bill 2019: GD filing limit reduced to 10 days

Finance Bill 2019: GD filing limit reduced to 10 days

KARACHI: The government has reduced the goods declaration filing limit from 15 days to 10 days by proposing amendment to Section 79 of Customs Act, 1969.

The Finance Bill 2019 has proposed reduction in time limit of filing GD from 15 days to 10 days.

Presently Section 79 of Customs Act, 1969 is as:

79. Declaration and assessment for home consumption or warehousing or transshipment

(1)The owner of any imported goods shall make entry of such goods for home consumption or warehousing or transshipment] or for any other approved purposes, within fifteen days of the arrival of the goods, by,-

(a) filing a true declaration of goods, giving therein complete and correct particulars of such goods, duly supported by commercial invoice, bill of lading or airway bill, packing list or any other document required for clearance of such goods in such form and manner as the Board may prescribe; and

(b) assessing and paying his liability of duty, taxes and other charges thereon, in case of a registered user of the Customs Computerized System:

Provided that if, in case of used goods, before filing of goods declaration, the owner makes a request to an officer of customs not below the rank of an Additional Collector that he is unable, for want of full information, to make a correct and complete declaration of the goods, then such officer subject to such conditions as he may deem fit, may permit the owner to examine the goods and thereafter make entry of such goods by filing a goods declaration after having assessed and paid his liabilities of duties, taxes and other charges:

Provided further that no goods declaration shall be filed prior to ten days of the expected time of arrival of the vessel.

Explanation.- For the purposes of this clause, the assessment and paying of duty, taxes and other charges in respect of transshipment shall be at the port of destination.

(2) If an officer, not below the rank of Additional Collector of Customs, is satisfied that the rate of customs duty is not adversely affected and that there was no intention to defraud, he may, in exceptional circumstances and for reasons to be recorded in writing, permit, substitution of a goods declaration for home consumption for a goods declaration for warehousing or vice versa.

(3) An officer of Customs, not below the rank of Assistant Collector of Customs, may in case of goods requiring immediate release allow release thereof prior to presentation of a goods declaration subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be prescribed by the Board.

The Bill, however, also proposed the penalty for non-filing of the declaration within the stipulated time is proposed to be amended from Rs15,000 to Rs5,000 per day for the initial five days of default and at a rate of Rs10,000 per day for each day of default thereafter.

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