ISLAMABAD: The federal government has permitted importers of used cars to pay partial duties in Pakistani currency to release their vehicles stuck at Karachi port, after fulfilling certain specific conditions.
The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) on Monday amended the import policy order 2016 through an SRO which read, “In case the Pakistani rupee depreciates or government increases the import duties or taxes after receipt of remittance and before filing of good declaration, which results in shortfall of remitted amount against payable duties and taxes, the importer is allowed to meet the shortfall through local sources.”
Officials said this would facilitate the smooth clearance of imported cars, as in such cases of shortfall in remitted duty/taxes, the imported cars were stuck at Karachi port causing losses to the owners of vehicles.
The amendment will be implemented in backdate and will be applicable from 15th Jan 2019, the same day when the MoC had initially placed condition that duty and taxes on all imported vehicles, in new and used condition, under personal baggage or gift scheme will be paid out of foreign exchange arranged by Pakistani nationals themselves or local recipients supported by bank encashment certificate showing conversion of foreign remittance to local currency.
While implementing these measures officials had said that it was done to discourage misuse of gift and baggage schemes, earn foreign exchange for Pakistan and discourage imports as a whole. Around three thousand vehicles had been stuck at port owing to the imposition of foreign exchange related conditions since last one year.