Payment for clearance of imported vehicles facilitated

KARACHI: Imported vehicles can be cleared at customs stage by paying duty and taxes through foreign remittances received in the account of family members of sender.

Economic Survey of Pakistan 2018/2019 said that policy revision had been made for the import of vehicles under transfer of residence personal baggage and gift schemes.

In order to prevent the misuse of the scheme intended for Overseas Pakistanis, the existing policy has been revised.

Under the revised Policy, the remittance for payment of duties and taxes will originate from account of Pakistani national sending the vehicle from abroad; and the remittance will either be received in the account of Pakistani national sending the vehicle from abroad or, in case, his account in nonexistent/inoperative, in the account of his family member as defined in Appendix-E, Para (1) of the import Policy Order.

The decision of the ECC of the Cabinet has been notified vide SRO. 52 (I) 2019 on 15th January 2019.

The decision has been taken as regulatory measures for reducing the size of import bill. Further to discourage import of luxury and non-essential items besides preventing misuse allowed for specific purposes.

According to the survey mechanism for Ensuring Quality and Standards for Imported Goods had been notified.

To address the issue of low quality imports, the Import Policy Order was amended vide SRO 1067 (I)/2017 dated 20th October 2017, to incorporate safety and health requirements/quality standards, proposed against each tariff line, to ensure that quality and SPS standards are complied with on such imports.

Furthermore, the government has restricted the import of food items only through Karachi seaport and Land Border Posts i.e. Sost, Chaman, Torkham, Taftan, Wagha, Peshawar and Quetta vide SRO 706 (I)/2018 dated 6.6.2018.

These aforementioned ports have the requisite infrastructure and human resource to provide the facility for the import permit after evaluating the health safety requirements by Department of Plant Protection (DPP).

Amendments in Export and Import Policy Order, 2016 Commerce Division have been made certain provisions of export and import order 2016 to facilitate the exporters and importers.

These amendments have been made after rigorous consultations with private and public sector stakeholders and subsequent approval of the Cabinet.

Under Import Policy Order (IPO) 2016, the import of edible products is subject to, inter alia, the conditions that it is fit for human consumption, has at least 50 percent of the remaining shelf life and in case of meat it is obtained from ‘Halal’ animals and slaughtered in accordance with the Islamic injunctions.

There was a need that our consumers should be aware of the ingredients of the edible products they consume, keeping in view their safety and belief.

Therefore, the following amendments have been introduced in the policy for consumer’s welfare:

a. The product has at least 66 percent (2/3rd) of remaining shelf life

b. The ingredients and details of the product (e.g. nutritional facts, usage instructions etc.) of the food product are printed in Urdu and English languages on the consumer packaging

c. The logo of the Halal certification body is printed on the consumer packaging

d. The labeling under (b) & (c) not to be in the form of a sticker, overprinting, stamp or scratched labeling
The shipment is accompanied by a ‘halal certificate’ issued by a halal Certification Body, accredited with an Accrediting Body (AB) which is a member of International Halal Accreditation Forum (IHAF) or Standards Meteorology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC)
However, the operation of the SRO has been suspended till July 01, 2019.

The hunting/sporting activity coupled with improved law and order situation in Gilgit-Baltistan region has huge potential to attract foreign hunters/ tourists.

However, the lengthy and cumbersome procedure for getting NOC from Ministry of Interior for carrying hunting arms and ammunition and another NOC from Commerce Division for temporary import-cum-export of arms/ ammunition has been discouraging to promote tourism.

In order to make the process of issuance of NOC for temporary import-cum-export of hunting arms/ammunition easy, NOC from Ministry of Interior for carrying arms/ammunition by foreign hunters will be considered sufficient for temporary import-cum-export of hunting arms.

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