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F No.1 (4)/2016-FCL/Dir-III/NTC
Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Commerce
National Tariff Commission
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Islamabad, February 17, 2016


Public Notice

 

Subject :- Removal of Tariff Anomaly of Paper, Paperboard and Related Items.

 

M/s Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry (PAPGAI) has approached National Tariff Commission (NTC) and has claimed existence of anomaly in the tariff structure applicable to the imports related to printing industry. PAPGAI further claims to be representing 15,000 big and small units of printing industry, which are primarily involved, inter alia, in printing of books, copies, magazines, brochures, packaging cartons etc. The issues raised by the PAPGAI are summarized as under:

    1. That the finished products of the Printing Industry, i.e., printed material, books, exercise books, periodicals, Quran, etc. are imported at a lower rate of customs duty (2 to 5%), whereas, the major input of the industry i.e. paper & paperboards of all kinds attracts higher rate of customs duty ( 10-20%). This anomalous situation encourages imports of printed material and is depriving domestic printing industry from carrying out the similar printing work in the country at much cheaper rates;
    2. Many printing Units have shifted their businesses to the Middle Eastern countries or China/Malaysia, because of the above-mentioned anomaly;
    3. The above tariff structure has resulted in unnecessary increase in prices of essential consumer items, i.e., medicines, books, stationery, food items, etc;
    4. PAPGAI claims that the protection given to local manufacturers of paper & paperboard in Pakistan is the highest in the world and this protection is creating unemployment, loss of foreign exchange and great hindrance in growth and export potential of the printing industry;
  1. In the light of the above, PAPGAI has requested to reduce duty & taxes on paper & paperboard, which are the main inputs of the printing industry.
  2. Accordingly, NTC has initiated an inquiry under NTC Act 2015 and under Section 10 of the said Act would welcome views, suggestions and proposals from all the stakeholders having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the import, manufacturing, exports and use of paper and paperboard and printed Items. Interested parties may sent their views/comments/ suggestions within fifteen days of publication of this public notice in newspapers, to the Secretary, NTC, 4th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad.
  3. In this context, a Public Hearing is scheduled to be held on February 26, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room on NTC, 11th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad.
  4. All the stakeholders are hereby advised to get themselves registered with NTC latest by February 24, 2016 for participation in the Public Hearing by providing names of the participants with their telephone numbers (Cell/LL) and fax numbers to the Secretary NTC on fax No.051-9221205. For any further inquiry please contact Director General (Inv-II) at 051-9201846.
  5. The stakeholders interested in the Public Hearing may submit their comments and suggestions in writing supported with authenticated information and documentary evidence(s). The views not supported with reliable documentary evidence(s) shall not be considered.

Secretary NTC

F. No. 01(1)/2016/Dir. (Inv-1V)/NTC
National Tariff Commission
Government of Pakistan
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Islamabad, February 12, 2016


Public Notice

 

Subject :- Waiver of Regulatory Duty on Raw Material of Razor Blades Carbon Steel Strip.
 
  1. Treet Corporation Limited Lahore (the “Applicant”), sole manufacturer of Double Edge Shaving Blades, Safety Razors and Disposable Razors in Pakistan catering the demand of local and international market has approached the National Tariff Commission (NTC) for Waiver of regulatory duty on its raw material for razor blades i.e., Carbon Steel Strip. The Applicant import highly precise Cold Rolled Steel Strip for manufacturing of shaving blades/razors, having thickness of 0.0098mm and width of 22.2mm. However, in Pakistan Custom Tariff, the Carbon Steel Strips are treated at par with general category of Cold Rolled Steel Coils having 600mm width like iron steels, plates of alloy steel classified under PCT No. 7226.9200. It is only due to non-availability of separate PCT heading for the Carbon Steel Strips for razor blades.
    The Applicant requested the NTC for:
    1. Reduction in custom duty on carbon steel strips having width of 22.2mm and thickness of 0.098mm from 10% to 5%, as it is not locally manufactured;
    2. Abolishing regulatory duty @ 17.5% imposed on Carbon Steel Strip having width of 22.2mm and thickness of 0.098mm;
    3. Removal of tariff anomaly in duty structure applicable to the double edge shaving blades as presently the import duties on import of the finished product PCT No. 8212.2000 are 25% i.e. custom duty 20% plus 5% regulatory duty, whereas, import duties on import of its main raw material i.e. Carbon Steel Strip having width of 22.2mm and thickness of 0.098mm PCT No. 7226.9200 is 27.5% (10% Customs Duty + 17.5% Regular Duty); and
    4. Creation of separate PCT sub-heading at eight digit level to classify Carbon Steel Strip having width of 22.2mm and thickness of 0.098mm used in the manufacturing of shaving blades.
  2. Accordingly, NTC has initiated an inquiry and would welcome views, suggestions and proposals from all parties having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the manufacturing, marketing, exports, imports and use of Carbon Steel Strips in Pakistan. Views/suggestions may be sent within fifteen days of publication of this public notice to the Secretary, NTC, 4th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad.
  3. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to be held on Thursday February 18, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. in the Committee Room of NTC, 11th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad. All interested parties can attend the public hearing with prior information.
  4. Further, all parties having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the imports, manufacturing, marketing and use of Carbon Steel Strips are hereby advised to get themselves registered with NTC latest by February 16, 2016for participation in the public hearing by providing names of the participants with their telephone numbers (Cell/LL) and fax numbers to the Secretary NTC on fax No.051-9221205. For any further inquiry please contact Director In-charge (Inv.-IV) at 051-9218963. All interested parties may submit their comments and suggestions in writing. The comments and suggestions may be supported with requisite, information and documentary evidence(s), which must be brought to the public hearing. The views not supported with reliable documentary evidence(s) shall not be considered.

Secretary NTC

Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Commerce
National Tariff Commission
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Islamabad,December 28, 2015


Public Notice

 

Subject :- Subject: Notice to Invoke Section 8(a) (ii) of National Tariff Commission Act, 2015 to Improve the Competitiveness of Domestic Industry.
 
  1. The Government of Pakistan has reformed and revamped National Tariff Commission (the “Commission”) and enacted the National Tariff Commission Act, 2015 (the “Act”). Under the Act, the functions of the Commission have been enhanced which, inter alia, include advising the Federal Government on improving the competitiveness of the domestic industry through tariff and other trade measures. The Commission through this notice hereby invokes provisions of Section 8 (a) (ii) of National Tariff Commission Act, 2015 to improve the competitiveness of the domestic industry. The Commission is of the view that in order to enhance the competitiveness of the domestic industry the provisions of the WTO Agreements and Rules and the needs of the domestic industry should be considered.
  2. Competitiveness of the domestic industry can be improved, inter alia, by:
    1. Reducing cost of production that makes a firm (sector) competitive with its competitors offering similar goods in international markets, which can otherwise eliminate them with price competition. Cost reduction may be achieved by supply of inputs, raw materials and machinery at lower prices,
    2. Providing assistance to the domestic industry to produce sophisticated and high value added goods, which are currently engaged in the production of primary or secondary / low value added goods,
    3. Encouraging the manufacturing units to operate at the optimal level of capacity utilization in order to become competitive. It helps minimizing fixed cost per unit,
    4. Compliance to standards in accordance with WTO Agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) etc. for any product to be sold in the domestic / international markets specially those of developed economies,
    5. Achieving economies of scale, the industry needs to install large capacity units to produce volumes and meet market demand within specified time period.
  3. In case the domestic industry needs assistance from the Commission for improving its competitiveness, it may apply to the Commission through the Secretary, National Tariff Commission, 4th Floor, State Life Building No. 5, Blue Area, Islamabad. After detailed analysis of a case, the Commission would forward its recommendations to the Federal Government for improving competitiveness of the concerned industry.

(Muhammad Shahid)

Secretary NTC

F.No.03 (15)/2015/NTC/D(Inv-II)NTC
Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Commerce
National Tariff Commission
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Islamabad, June 17, 2015


Public Notice

 

Subject :- Protection/Assistance to the Indigenous Industry Manufacturing Seamless Pipe/ Tubes..
 
  1. M/s Huffaz Seamless Pipe Industries Limited, Karachi (Applicant), a manufacturer of seamless pipes/ Tubes (PCT No. 7304.0000) has approached the National Tariff Commission (NTC) and requested that customs duty on import of its major inputs i.e. special steel round bars and other raw materials may be reduced to 0% and customs duty on its finished product, seamless pipes/tubes may be increased to 25%. In addition, the applicant has requested for withdrawal of RD @15% on its inputs and removal of seamless pipes/tubes from Pak-China FTA. The Applicant’s request is based on the following grounds:-
    1. The Applicant is the only manufacturer of seamless pipes/tubes in Pakistan and the major raw material viz special steel round bars are not manufactured locally and Pakistan Steel Mills has issued NOC to the applicant for importing this raw material.
    2. There is a customs duty @ 5% and RD @ 15% on import of special steel round bars that has increased the cost of the output, much higher than the cost of similar finished goods imported from China.
    3. In Pak-China FTA, the effective customs duty on seamless pipes/tubes is 11.52% as against 15% MFN rate.
    4. Besides FTA with China, import duty on these pipes has been reduced to (0%, 5%, 10% and 15%) under various SROs of concessionary regime. These SROs must be withdrawn and MFN rate of 25% shall be applied in all cases.
  2. Accordingly, NTC has initiated an inquiry and welcome views, suggestions and proposals from all parties having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the exports, manufacturing, marketing and use of seamless pipes/tubes. Views/suggestions may be sent within fifteen days of publication of this public notice to the Secretary, NTC, 4th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad.
  3. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. in the Committee Room on NTC, 11th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad. All interested parties can attend the public hearing with prior information.
  4. Further, all parties having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the imports, manufacturing, marketing and use of seamless pipes/tubes are hereby advised to get themselves registered with NTC latest by Tuesday, June 23, 2015 for participation in the public hearing by providing names of the participants with their telephone numbers (Cell/LL) and fax numbers to the Secretary NTC on fax No.051-9221205. For any further inquiry please contact Director General (Inv-II) at 051-9201846. All interested parties may submit their comments and suggestions in writing. The comments and suggestions may be supported with requisite, information and documentary evidence(s), which must be brought to the public hearing. The views not supported with reliable documentary evidence(s) shall not be considered.

Secretary NTC

F.No.03 (14)/2015/NTC/D(Inv.-II)NTC
Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Commerce
National Tariff Commission
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Islamabad, June 11, 2015


Public Notice

 

Subject :- Protection/Assistance to the Indigenous Industry Producing/Manufacturing Pure Terephthalic Acid.
 
  1. M/s Lotte Chemical Pakistan Ltd. (Applicant), a manufacturer of Pure Terephthalic Acid (PTA), (PCT No.2917.3610) has approached the National Tariff Commission (NTC) and requested to increase the customs duty on the import of PTA from 4% to 5%. The Applicant’s request is based on the following grounds:-
    1. The Applicant is the only manufacturer of PTA in Pakistan. At present PTA is subject to customs duty of 4%, which does not provide the required protection to the domestic industry, as the Landed cost of imported PTA has decreased during 2014;
    2. The industry margins at international prices of PTA and its raw materials have significantly declined due to huge oversupply of PTA in Asia;
    3. New production capacities installed in China, India and other countries are based on the latest technology and have much lower cost of production, which have contributed towards in reduction in industrial margins which are not likely to return to previous level in the short term; and
    4. On the other hand, the conversion cost of the PTA has increased due to increase in the energy cost.
  2. Accordingly, NTC has initiated an inquiry and would welcome views, suggestions and proposals from all parties having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the exports, manufacturing, marketing and use of PTA. Views/suggestions may be sent within fifteen days of publication of this public notice to the Secretary, NTC, 4th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad.
  3. A public hearing on the issue is scheduled to be held on June 22, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room on NTC, 11th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad. All interested parties can attend the public hearing with prior information.
  4. Further, all parties having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the imports, manufacturing, marketing and use of PTA are hereby advised to get themselves registered with NTC latest by June 19, 2015 for participation in the public hearing by providing names of the participants with their telephone numbers (Cell/LL) and fax numbers to the Secretary NTC on fax No.051-9221205. For any further inquiry please contact Director General (Inv.-II) at 051-9201846. All interested parties may submit their comments and suggestions in writing. The comments and suggestions may be supported with requisite, information and documentary evidence(s), which must be brought to the public hearing. The views not supported with reliable documentary evidence(s) shall not be considered.

Secretary NTC