KHYBER: Federal Revenue Council Chairman Dr Mohammad Ashfaq said on Saturday that the importation of fresh fruit from Afghanistan had gained momentum after the removal of the sales tax on their importation, imposed there. a few days ago.
He said this during his visit to the Torkham border with customs collector, Peshawar, Amjadur Rehman and other officials from the FBR and the customs department.
Dr Ashfaq said the sales tax was removed at the request of the Sarhad and Khyber Chambers of Commerce and Industry and local importers and customs clearance agents.
He said an RBF team would soon travel to Afghanistan to hold talks with the new Taliban government to improve bilateral trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan. He hoped that bilateral trade would increase over time.
The FBR chairman said efforts were underway to provide better facilities for fast and transparent customs clearance of goods at the Torkham border, in addition to addressing issues of local customs clearance officers.
Meanwhile, hundreds of trucks loaded with fresh fruit and vegetables arrived here on Saturday after Pakistan announced the removal of sales tax on their imports.
Fruit importers had suspended customs clearance of their shipments after Pakistan announced a significant sales tax increase a few days ago.
Officials said on Saturday that Pakistan had increased the sales tax on watermelon from Rs 4,120 to Rs 9,695 per tonne, grapes from Rs 10,850 to Rs 25,620, pomegranate from Rs 14,500 to Rs 36,000 and apple. 25,400-43 Rs., 713 per ton. They said that while sales tax was removed on the importation of watermelons, grapes and pomegranates, the additional tax on apples remained unchanged. Local traders welcomed the withdrawal of the sales tax.
Posted in Dawn, le 26 September 2021