CBR amends duty-free allowance

Central Board of Revenue (CBR) has allowedone VCP/VCR or one VCD/DVD player or VCD-DVD combo player under the duty-free personal allowance admissible to passengers with more than six-month and less than two-year stay abroad.
Similarly, the gold cardholder will be entitled to import one VCP/VCR or one VCD/DVD player or VCD-DVD combo player. The condition that foreign exchange should be declared at the time ofarrival or remitted through legal channels has also been waived off. The CBR, in this regard, has amended the baggage rules.
The amended baggage rules will remove practical difficulties being facedby the people during clearance of baggage at the international airports. Now, the customs officials would be able to process the baggage as per amendments in the allowances for the incoming Pakistanis.

According to the notification, the personal effects of a person, who dies abroad, which are imported by, or on behalf of, next-of-kin of the deceased shall be exempt from payment of customs duty and other taxes.
This is subject to the condition that the articles and goods should be exempted from customs duty and other taxes under sub-chapter 2 (concession to passengers/tourist with less than six months stay); sub-chapter 3 (concession to passengers with more than six months but less than two years stay) and sub-chapter 4 (concession for passengers with more than two years stay or for import of baggage on transfer of residence) of the baggage rules.
For the purchase of items from duty-free shops under the duty-free allowance, a passenger who has not availed concession of duty-free allowances under sub-chapters 2, 3 and 4 shall be entitled to purchasefrom Duty Free Shop outlets items of bona fide personal, professional or household use, free of customs duty and other taxes within the specified limits provided the same are not sold in the market and payment is made in foreign exchange.
Moreover, a passenger shall be entitled to purchase from Duty Free Shops outlet goods of personal, professional or household effect on payment of customs duty and other taxes without limit within a period of two months from the date of arrival.
However, the condition that foreign exchange should be declared at the time of his arrival or remitted through legal channels has been waivedoff.
The CBR has also elaborated the definition of “gift allowance” under the baggage scheme. It means a reasonable number and quantity of goods,other than personal allowance, for making gift or souvenirs free of customs duty.
However, it does not include air conditioner, cooking range, deep freezer, microwave oven, refrigerator, television, washing machine or gas application except gas burner, but includes the above-mentioned goods if locally manufactured and purchased from duty free shops.

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