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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to amend customs baggage rules for enhancing the baggage allowance limit for incoming passengers.

Sources told Business Recorder here on Sunday that the amended baggage rules would enhance the monetary limit to facilitate incoming passengers. The existing rules are very old and needed to be amended.

According to the sources, prohibited items cannot be brought into the country under the baggage rules. The revised rules would also clarify certain issues for the incoming passengers.

When contacted, a tax expert informed that the personal baggage rules need to be amended to allow incoming passengers to bring reasonable quantities of goods for gifts and personal use by increasing values in US dollars. However, the SRO 598 (dated May 19) on banned items should not be applicable on the items brought under the personal baggage as per the upward revised limit under the baggage rules.

Responding to a query, sources added that the FBR has already directed the customs officials at the airports that the bonafide passenger baggage carrying banned items would not be stopped/ seized and genuine passengers be facilitated.

In this connection, the FBR had issued instructions to all customs authorities at the airports on the implementation of SRO 598(1)/2022.

Authorities seize chocolates from passenger at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi

According to the FBR’s instructions, refer to the subject cited above and to state that SRO 598(I)/2022 was issued on May 19, 2022, whereby, a detailed list of items was issued whose import was banned till further notice.

It has come to the notice of the Board that the field formations, especially at airports have started detaining even small quantities of goods, especially food items from the personal baggage of passengers causing hardship to the passengers.

It is to convey to all that board has taken a strong notice of the matter and directed that commercial quantities of the above banned items be seized and bonafide passenger baggage shall not be stopped/ seized and genuine passengers facilitated, as per past practice. Any deviation from the above directions shall entail disciplinary action, the FBR added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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Tariq Jun 20, 2022 11:02am
They need not much of an excuse to cause big hassle for any ill gain.
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Nadeem Mufti Jun 20, 2022 11:18am
Pakistani Tax payers must be differentiate at least by this way, as they shouldn't be treated with non tax payers.
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Zafar Ahmed Jun 20, 2022 03:19pm
This is again to cover for the smuggling mafias.
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Wajdan Khan Jun 20, 2022 09:32pm
It doesn't matter who rules, PPP, PTI or PMLN government of Pakistan and always loots people of Pakistan
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Fayaz Khan Jun 21, 2022 01:26am
Almost 98% passengers are overseas and they are working very hard for their families also benefit to pakistan in shape of Remittances. Almost 80% Pakistani return back after 3 years on annual leave and they don't have much baggage allowance by airline. They are carrying chocolates, toys , dresses, perfume, so please stop to disappointment poir people. Better stop Gucci shoes and handbags will cost millions of dollars which is paying from pakistan hopefully everyone understood
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Aamir Jun 24, 2022 12:17am
Customs officers, i m coming back on eid morning 9th July 2022, from Riyadh...inshallah I challenge you try to grab a single pack of chocolate from my luggage, & then i will see you... & this 'Noon PP Diesel' cocktail...
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