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Attack on JIAP: Importers without recourse to get back paid duty, tax amount

Attack on JIAP: Importers without recourse to get back paid duty, tax amount

KARACHI: The terrorists’ attack on Karachi airport on the night of June 9 last, has not only resulted in the destruction of imported goods worth billions of rupees but have also left hundreds of importers without any recourse to get back over Rs69 million paid in head of customs duty and tax to the Sindh government for the goods they never received.
Reliable sources told Customs Today that the Karachi Customs Agents Association (KCCA) had been approached by about 194 of its members, seeking help to get back over Rs61.7 million paid in customs duty and over Rs7.8 million paid as tax to the Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) for the goods destroyed during the terrorists attack on the airport.
Taking up the issue, the KCCA wrote to the Additional Collector Customs, Air Freight Unit Jinnah International Airport with complete details including name of each of the 194 clearing agents, name of importers, GD Nos., Payment Invoice Nos, Amount of duty paid, SRB Excise/Cess/Tax Invoice Nos and Amount of Cess paid to the SRB.
The Customs, however, refused to refund the customs duty collected by the FBR and tax collected by the SBR, contending that there was no provision in Customs Act 1969 for reimbursement of duty paid on goods destroyed in an act of terror.
The sources pointed out that the actual number of importers whose shipments were destroyed in the attack at JIAP may exceed the current figure of 194.