Imported cars stuck at port


TOKYO: Thousands of imported used cars of 2009 model are stuck on Karachi port and waiting for the green signal from the government after the sudden withdrawal of a notification by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), said an auto expert.


The government allowed import of only 3-year old car, but in the beginning of 2013 through a notification it permitted the import of 2009-model car as well on heavy penalty. Consequently, overseas Pakistanis started sending such model cars to Pakistan, which were getting cleared after the payment of penalties to the customs.


However, by end of 2013, customs withdrew that notification, causing massive loss to Pakistani importers and making thousands of cars stuck on the port, said Javed Khan Niazi.


Chairman Pak-Japan Auto Association said though the FBR is a very professional organisation, yet it practiced really unprofessionally.


He said it is common all over the world that the government must inform stakeholders before releasing or withdrawing of any notification.


He added it happens only in Pakistan that a notification is issued and withdrawn on the spur of the moment.


Niazi condemns this act and demands the government to order the FBR to clear the cars, which were on the port at the time of the withdrawal of the notification.


He said a number of 2010 vehicles is also arriving Karachi. For which the bills of landing were made after December 2013. He added they could be cleared smoothly.

Source: The NEWS