Valuation committees for Afghan, Iran goods to be set up

Valuation committees for Afghan, Iran goods to be set up

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will constitute local valuation committee for customs valuations of goods imported or exported from Afghanistan and Iran.

Through SRO 1352 (I)/2021 dated October 14, 2021, the FBR issued draft amendments for local valuation committee rules under Section 25A of the Customs Act, 1969.

The proposed amendments would be applicable for the determination of value of goods of Afghan and Iran origin in order to regulate the Pak-Afghan bilateral trade by discouraging the incidences of under invoicing and smuggling.

The FBR said that the proposed amendments would be applicable on the Afghan and Iran origin goods, imported from Afghanistan and Iran through land routes. In case, if an item is being imported through sea route in significant quantities from Iran, then, the value of such items shall be determined in consultation with Directorate of Valuation, Karachi.

According to the draft amendments, the respective collector of customs (appraisement), on his own motion, in his area of jurisdiction may determine the customs values of any goods or category of goods imported in or exported out of Pakistan from or to Afghanistan and Iran through land customs stations through the following valuation committee constituted for the said purpose, members whereof shall be nominated by collector concerned, namely:

(a) one additional collector of the collectorate (chairman of the committee);

(b) two deputy or assistant collectors of the collectorate (Members of the committee);

(c) superintendents of principal appraisers or appraisers or inspectors as required;

(d) representative of respective chamber of commerce and industry;

(e) representative of Customs’ clearing agents association;

(f) All Pakistan Dry Fruits Importer and Exporter Association;

(g) all Pakistan Fresh Fruits Importers and Exporters Association; and

(h) any other co-opted member as deemed appropriate by the collector.

The values so determined by the collector on recommendations of the committee shall be valid for six months.

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