KARACHI: The Directorate General of Customs Valuation has revised the customs values of facial tissue paper (in boxes), toilet tissue /kitchen tissue/hand towel/napkin tissue (plastic packaging sheets/rolls), tissue paper jumbo roll (above 30 kg) through Valuation Ruling No: 1336/2018 under Section 25-A of the Customs Act-1969.
The customs values of facial tissue paper and tissue paper jumbo roll were determined under Section 25-A of the Customs Act, 1969 vide Valuation Rulings No. 587/2013 dated 30-09-2013 and 850/2016 dated 09-05-2016.
Different stakeholders have requested to determine customs values afresh in line with values prevalent in the international market. Therefore, an exercise was initiated in terms of Section 25-A of the Customs Act, 1969 to determine customs values of subject goods afresh in the light of existing international market prices.
Meetings were held 15-05-2018, 05-07-2018 and 05-09-2018 with stakeholders including All Pakistan Paper Merchants Association and the officers from field formations.
The importers had been requested to furnish invoices of imports during last three months showing actual value of goods. Websites, names and e-mail addresses of known foreign manufacturers of the item in question through which the actual current value can be ascertained.
Copies of contracts made/LCs opened during the last three months showing the value of item in question. Copies of sales tax invoices issued during last four months showing the values of supplies (excluding duty and taxes) to substantiate their contentions.
During the course of meetings, certain importers submitted that custom values of various facial tissue paper (in boxes), toilet tissue/kitchen tissue/hand towel/napkin tissue (plastic packaging sheets/rolls), tissue paper jumbo roll determined in the existing valuation ruling are on lower side; therefore, the same may be rationalized upward.
They were requested to submit evidences in support of their claims. The issue of jumbo roll was also discussed and participants agitated that certain importers declare finished tissue paper in roll form and declare as jumbo roll to evade legitimate revenue; therefore, it was unanimously decided to consider 30 or above kg roll as jumbo only.