PESHAWAR: Local businessmen rejected recent amendments to the Customs Law for the reestablishment of the powers of the Director General of Karachi Customs to determine the valuation of fresh and dried fruits imported from Afghanistan and said this decision would seriously affect the Pak-Afghan. Trade.

They demanded the immediate withdrawal of the changes.

The issue was discussed at a meeting chaired by Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Hasnain Khurshid Ahmad in the House Chamber on Friday, according to a statement.

Participants included SCCI Senior Vice President Imran Khan Mohmand, Vice President Javed Akhtar, Former Senior Engineer Vice President Manzoor Elahi, Vice President of Joint Chambers of Commerce and Industry Pak-Afghan Ziaul Haq Sarhadi, importers and exporters.

Fear that the Pak-Afghan trade will be seriously affected

They were informed that a large number of traders were involved in the import and export of fresh and dried fruits from Afghanistan and their assessment was carried out by a committee formed by the customs authorities of Peshawar and Quetta.

The assessment carried out by the Karachi Customs DG was withdrawn after the inclusion of Article 25-A in the customs law in the last fiscal year.

The meeting was informed that the valuation of dried and fresh fruits imported from European Union and United States was higher due to their high quality, while fresh and dried fruits imported from Afghanistan were natural and of high quality. lower and, therefore, their value was low. The quality of EU-US and Afghan products differ significantly and hence they have different values.

Participants feared that determining the same valuation for both fruits imported from the EU-US and Afghanistan would prove disastrous for Pakistan-Afghanistan mutual and transit trade.

They said that Pakistan’s increased valuation for Afghan fruits has increased the valuation of imports from Pakistan, making Pakistani products uncompetitive in the Afghan market, which will not suit them.

The meeting was informed that Article 25-A had been inserted into the customs law to facilitate trade from Afghanistan, while collectors were empowered to determine the value of goods imported from land border posts after consultation, including chambers of commerce and relevant trade bodies.

However, the section was deleted, causing serious problems for Afghan exporters and Pakistani importers.

Posted in Dawn, December 18, 2021