ISLAMABAD: Dr. Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed, Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Thursday said that track and trace system will be rolled out from November 01, 2021.
The chairman said that from November 1, 2021, Track and Trace System would be rolled out to cover tobacco manufacturing across the country, and that the AJK Government had approached the Federal Board of Revenue to extend the scope of Track & Track System to cigarette manufacturing units located inside AJK territory.
It is expected that over the next few months’ implementation of Track & Trace System and its extension into AJK, coupled with IREN’s valiant drive would help overcome the menace of counterfeit, illicit and non-tax paid cigarettes in the market.
IREN Squads of FBR, in a counter-evasion operation, has seized non duty / tax paid cigarettes (approximately 14,798,000 sticks) worth Rs. 30,741,100, resulting in detection of evasion of taxes and duties of Rs. 26,184,100 in the month of August, 2021.
Likewise, during the period from July to August, 2021, IREN had seized 26,030,500 illegal cigarettes worth Rs. 48,537,140. As such evasion of taxes and duties worth of Rs. 44,786,258 was detected. This action is in pursuance to directions of the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan against illicit sale of non-duty/tax-paid and counterfeit cigarettes.
IREN was established in September 2019 with a Chief Coordinator, Central Field Coordinator, and seven regional enforcement hubs all across Pakistan, tasked to conduct raids and seizures on the counterfeit and non-duty paid cigarettes.
As a part of ongoing crackdown against illicit cigarette trade country-wide, all IREN hubs intensified their operation against businesses dealing in non-duty paid and counterfeit cigarettes to save the national exchequer from revenue loss.