Press Releases

 Islamabad, March 17, 2017

 

F No.1 (14)/2017/Dir(Inv-I/NTC
Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Commerce
National Tariff Commission
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Press Release 

Subject:            Review of Tariff Structure of the Domestic Industry Manufacturing Pencils

  1. M/S Indus Pencil Industries (Pvt) Ltd Karachi has submitted an application in the National Tariff Commission (NTC) under NTC Act, 2015 for assistance in improve competitiveness of the domestic industry manufacturing Pencils through imposition of 40% Regulatory Duty on imported Pencils. The Applicant has stated that Pencils are importable at 16% Customs duty rate under FTA with China against statutory rate of 20% customs duty. On the other hand customs duty rate on imported raw materials of Pencils  ranges between 3% to 15%. According to the Applicant, China being the major supplier, exporting the large quantities of Pencils, which are under invoiced and mis-declared at the import stage in order to save the duties and taxes. In addition 13% Export Rebate is given to exporter by Chinese Government, therefore, the exporters can sell their products at less than their cost.
  2. In Budget 2016-17 imported Pencils are exempted from sales tax but Imported/local/packing raw materials and utilities used by local pencil industry are subject to 17% Sales tax. The sales tax on raw materials local production added to cost, as the sales tax is not adjustable due to exemption on locally manufactured finished goods. Resultantly, the domestic industry cannot compete with the imported Pencils. Therefore, the NTC has initiated an inquiry in the matter under Section 9 of the NTC Act 2015.
  1. In order to conduct this tariff study in a transparent manner, it is important to obtain requisite information from all stakeholders and provide equal opportunity to interested parties to present their views/comments before the Commission. This would be done through a public hearing/ meeting with all stakeholders concerned/involved in the business of the Pencils in Pakistan. In this context, a public hearing is scheduled on March 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room of the NTC, 11th Floor, State Life Building No.5, Blue Area, Islamabad.
  1. All the stakeholders are hereby advised to get themselves registered with NTC latest by 17 March 2017 for participation in the public hearing by providing names of the participants with their telephone and fax numbers to the Secretary NTC on fax No.051- 9221205. For any further inquiry please contact Director Incharge (Inv-III)   at 051-9218963.

        Best regards                                                                                                                                                                               Secretry,NTC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

   

  Islamabad, February 18, 2016

Press Release

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

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. As per the Public Notice published in the leading newspapers, dated February 17, 2016, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.1 (4)/2016-FCL/Dir-III/NTC
Government of Pakistan
Ministry of Commerce
National Tariff Commission
*****

Islamabad, May 09, 2016

Press Release

Subject :- Assistance/protection through Tariff to the Electric Cable Manufacturing Industry

 

  1. M/s Fast Cables Limited Lahore has approached the National Tariff Commission (NTC) for assistance to improve competitiveness of the domestic industry manufacturing Electric Cables through reduction in customs duty on import of raw materials/inputs and increase in custom duty on imported product (medium and high voltage electric cables). The applicant has stated in the application that due to economies of scales and government support the Chinese exporters are exporting medium voltage and high voltage electric cables at cheaper prices. Resultantly, the domestic industry cannot compete with the imported product.
  2. NTC accordingly has initiated an inquiry under Section 9 of the NTC Act 2015 and would welcome views, suggestions, proposals and information from all the stakeholders having an interest in the business relating to or associated with the import, manufacturing, exports and use of Electric Cables. Interested parties may sent their views/comments/ suggestions/information within ten days of publication of this public notice, 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 May 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Committee Room of the 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 May 20, 2016 for participation in the Public Hearing by providing names of the participants with their telephone numbers and fax numbers to the Secretary NTC on fax No.051-9221205. For any further inquiry please contact Director Incharge (Inv-III) at 051-9218961.
  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

     

 

                                                                                                                                                                      Islamabad, February 18, 2016

Press Release

Subject :- Removal of Tariff Anomaly of Paper, Paperboard and Related Items.
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. As per the Public Notice published in the leading newspapers, dated February 17, 2016, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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