Raw materials excluded from import banned items list

Raw materials excluded from import banned items list

ISLAMABAD: The ministry of commerce on Monday excluded raw materials from the list of items, which were banned through SRO 598(I)/2022.

The ministry issued an office memorandum to issue clarification with regard to the SRO 598(I)/2022 dated May 19, 2022.

Through the SRO 598(I)/2022, the federal government imposed ban on import of certain luxury and non-essential items.

The ministry said that the decision has been taken in view of the concerns expressed by different trade organizations and the domestic industry regarding import of raw materials, intermediate goods and industrial equipment falling under Pakistan Customs Tariff (PCT) codes listed in the SRO.

“The SRO 598(I)/2022 dated May 19, 2022 shall not apply on the import of raw materials, intermediate goods and industrial equipment/machinery required by industrial / manufacturing concerns and foreign grant-in-aid projects,” the ministry said.

Prior to this, the ministry of commerce issued another clarification related to the banned imported items on May 26, 2022.

Through this clarification, the ministry said that in order to address concerns of the citizenry and certain anomalies out of implementation of the said SRO, it is clarified:

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The SRO 598(I)/2022 dated May 19, 2022 shall not apply on import of goods for which an airway bill has been issued prior to the issuance of the said SRO.

Import of following PCT codes description ‘others’ shall be exempted from the prohibition contained in the SRO if they are:

PCT Code 2309.9000: Other than cat and dog food

PCT Code 9405.1090: Energy savers.

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