Pakistan waives off gross sales tax on import of fruits from Afghanistan

In Kandahar, a medium-sized pomegranate goes for the equal of about 15 US cents, however by the point the fruit attain Kabul they value about 3 times that. — AFP/File
  • “Fruits imported from Afghanistan can have zero per cent gross sales tax from at this time,” Muhammad Sadiq Khan says. 
  • Pakistan’s consultant for Afghanistan says this may “considerably assist Afghan merchants and farmers”.
  • Gross sales tax on fruit imports has been abolished on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, FBR chairman says.

ISLAMABAD: The federal government of Pakistan on Saturday determined to abolish gross sales tax on import of fruits from Afghanistan.

Sharing a notification issued by the Federal Board of Income (FBR) on Twitter, Pakistan’s Particular Consultant for Afghanistan Muhammad Sadiq Khan wrote: “As a sign that Pakistan’s overseas coverage [has] moved to a NEWSONHY-economic emphasis, [sales] tax on fruits imported from Afghanistan can have zero per cent gross sales tax from at this time.”

The ambassador stated: “This can considerably assist Afghan merchants and farmers.”

Taking to his official Twitter deal with, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid additionally confirmed the information.

In response to a press release issued by F&C Chief Abdul Waheed Marwat stated: “I’m directed to confer with Tax Legal guidelines (Third Modification) Ordinance, 2021 dated 15.09.2021 on the topic and to say that gross sales tax has change into leviable by way of S.No.15 of Desk-I of Sixth Schedule to Gross sales Tax Act, 1990 on import of contemporary fruits from Afghanistan.”

“Nonetheless, in pursuance of a illustration of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Business, the difficulty has been reviewed and consequently, gross sales tax shall not be collected on contemporary fruits imported (besides apples PCT 0808, 1000) from Afghanistan,” it learn.

Commenting on the event, the FBR chairman confirmed that the gross sales tax on fruit imports from Afghanistan has been abolished.

He stated: “Gross sales tax on fruit imports has been abolished on the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.”

Earlier, Minister of Finance and Income Shaukat Tarin informed the Senate Standing Committee on Finance that Pakistan may trade with Afghanistan in rupee now as the brand new authorities in Pakistan desires to avoid wasting its greenback reserves.

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