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Imported Cars, Mobiles Set to Get Cheaper Regulatory Duties

Over 600 luxury and non-essential items were subject to time-limited notices for the imposition of regulatory charges and Additional Customs charges (ACDs).

The SROs 204(I), 205(I), and 206(I) of the FBR have expired as of March 31, 2023. The RDs/ADCs on the import of these items have been eliminated as a result, effective April 1, 2023. This essentially means that there is no longer any regulatory duty for used cars up to 1,800cc and that duty rates for new cars, mobile phones, and other items have been significantly reduced.

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The FBR had prolonged the duration of SRO1572(I)/2022, which dealt with the additional customs charge on the import of goods, by SRO206(I)/2023.

The FBR had extended the time frame for the imposition of the regulatory taxes on the import of goods under SRO1571(I)/2022 up to March 31, 2023, under SRO204(I)/2023.

In order to increase/revise regulatory duties and raise additional customs duties on the import of luxury and non-essential commodities, the FBR issued SRO1571(I)/2022 and SRO1572(I)/2022 on August 22, 2022.

The SRO1571(I)/2022’s enhanced rates of RDs continued to be in effect from August 22, 2022, to February 21, 2023, and RD continued to be in effect on the import of items covered by SRO1571(I)/2022 serial number 554 from August 22, 2022, to November 1, 2022.

The regulatory taxes and ACDs on the import of luxury and non-essential commodities have been extended by the FBR until March 31, 2023. The aforementioned notices ran out on March 31, 2023.

On goods falling under tariff slabs of 30% and higher, as well as slabs of specific rates, a 7 percent additional customs duty was applicable under the SRO1572(I)/2022, with the exception of the following, which will be charged at a rate of 2%: on goods falling under specified PCT codes and cars, jeeps, light commercial vehicles in CKD condition exceeding 1,000cc, and heavy commercial vehicles in CKD condition.

For the period of August 22, 2022, to February 21, 2023, the FBR also imposed an additional 35 percent customs duty on the import of vehicles that fell under the PCT codes 8703.2323 (Sport utility vehicles -SUVs 44), 8703.2329 (other vehicles), 8703.2490 (other vehicles, with only compression-ignition internal combustion piston engines (diesel or semidiesel), 8703.3223 (components for the assembly/manufacture of The regulatory duty on the import of new automobiles with a cylinder capacity over 1,000cc but not over 1,300cc was raised under the SRO1571(I)/2022 from 5% to 100%.

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The RD also expanded the importation of chocolates from 10% to 49% and jams, fruit jellies, marmalades, purees, and pastes made from fruit or nuts, whether or not they contain additional sugar or other sweetening agents, from 20% to 49%.

On the import of fruit, nuts, and other edible plant parts that have been further prepared or preserved, whether or not they contain additional sugar, another sweetening substance, or spirit, that are not otherwise specified or Included, the regulation charge was raised from 20 to 49 percent.

Additionally, the RD on the import of waters, including ice, snow, natural or synthetic mineral waters, and aerated fluids without added sugar or other sweetening agent or flavoring, was raised from 30 to 49 percent.

Seeds, jewelry boxes, doors, windows, and other frames, as well as storage heating radiators, were subject to a 20 percent RD import tax imposed by the FBR.

The RD was raised from 25 to 49 percent on the import of water, including mineral water and aerated water, flavored, or sweetened with additional sugar or other sweetening agents.

The FBR had imposed RDs of 24 percent on toilet paper and stock, 49 percent on dinnerware and kitchenware, and 49 duty on the import of baths, shower baths, sinks, and washbasins.

On the import of porcelain or china tableware, kitchenware, other home items, and toiletries, the RD was raised from 30 to 49 percent.

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On the import of iron or steel pot scourers, scouring or polishing pads, gloves, and the like, as well as table, kitchen, or other home items and portions thereof, the RD was raised from 30 to 49 percent.

The RD on the import of spoons, forks, ladles, skimmers, cake servers, fish knives, butcher knives, sugar tongs, and similar kitchen or tableware was raised from 15% to 49%.

The RD on the import of hair dryers, other hairdressing equipment, electric ovens, electric ranges, electric roasters/grills, and other coffee or tea makers and toasters was raised from 10% to 49%.

On the import of line telephone sets with cordless handsets other having C&F worth up to US$ 30 per set, the RD was increased from Rs. 300/set to Rs. 1,000/set.

On the import of line telephone sets with cordless handsets other having C&F Value up to US$ 30 per set, the RD was increased from Rs. 300/set to Rs. 1,000/set.

On the import of line telephone sets with cordless phones having C&F Value above US$ 30 per set but not exceeding US$ 100 per set, the RD was increased from Rs. 3,000 per set to Rs. 6,000 per set.

The FBR had imposed a five percent RD on the import of all types of microphones and stands, loudspeakers, whether or not they were mounted in enclosures, headphones, earphones, and sets that included a microphone and one or more loudspeakers, as well as audio-frequency electric amplifiers and sets of electric sound amplifiers.

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The RD raised the percentage of LCD, LED, and OLED imports from 15% to 49%. Electronic cigarettes and other comparable personal electric vaporizers were subject to a 29 percent RD imposed by the FBR.

The import of smoking pipes, including pipe bowls, cigar and cigarette holders, and portions thereof, was subject to a 49 percent RD.

On the import of corrective and protective eyewear as well as similar items, the FBR increased the RD from 30 to 49 percent.

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