Importers require filing declaration within 10 days of goods arrival

KARACHI: Importers are required to file goods declaration within 10 days of arrival of goods at the port of entry.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) issued Customs Act, 1969 update till June 30, 2019 incorporating changes brought through Finance Act, 2019.

Prior to Finance Act, 2019 the importers were allowed to file goods declaration within 15 days.

Section 79 of the Customs Act, 1969 described the filing of declaration and assessment.

Section 79: Declaration and assessment for home consumption or warehousing or transshipment.-

Sub-Section (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 ten 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.

Sub-Section (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.

Sub-Section (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.

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