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ISLAMABAD: The Customs classification committee of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has imposed 50 percent customs duty on the import of “Mild Hybrid Vehicles”, as vehicles without an electric motors cannot be declared as hybrid vehicles for availing tax concessions.

In this connection, FBR’s classification committee has issued a ruling on Saturday to explain the classification of hybrid vehicles for availing concessionary rates of duties and taxes at the import stage.

The classification committee declared that the vehicles with an electric power source, such as an integrated alternator/starter, that is used only for non-propulsion functions are not classified as HEVs. These power sources can be used for running stop-start systems and may have regenerative braking and charge management systems. Such vehicles may be referred to as having “hybrid technology” or being a “micro hybrid”, but do not have an electric motor for propulsion. Thus, the vehicles having electric motor for propulsion are to be classified as hybrid vehicles.

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The committee observed that as per report and insignia, these vehicles have been manufactured and are equipped with features of Hybrid Technology to achieve a number of desirables like running stop-start systems and charge management systems, etcetera. However, on physical examination of functionality and attributes, these vehicles have been categorically reported to not have an electric motor for propulsion.

In light of the above mentioned facts, the classification committee is of the view that the impugned vehicles are appropriately classifiable under Pakistan Customs Tariff (PCT) heading 8703.2119.

The Collectorate of Customs Appraisement, West, Karachi conveyed the Findings/Recommendations/Order dated December 12, 2022 of Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) passed whereby it was directed to refer the matter of classification of imported vehicles of the complainant to the Classification Centre.

Brief facts as reported are that complainant imported “Used Nisan Dayz Hybrid Car”, “Used Suzuki Wagon-R Hybrid Car” and “Used Suzuki Hustler Hybrid Car” and claimed benefit of concessionary rates of duties and taxes under SRO 499(1)/2013 dated 12.06.2013 which was not allowed in the light of Circular dated 05.10.2018 issued by the Collectorate of Customs, Appraisement-West, Karachi, treating the vehicles as HEV like Mild Hybrid Vehicles.

The importers/com-plainants filed subject complaints which were disposed of by the FTO vide aforementioned order for referring the matter before the Classification Centre.

On the other hand, the representative of the importers/complainants contended that Circular dated 05.10.2018 has already been declared illegal/void by different fora.

He contended that the imported vehicles have Hybrid Technology and the same are entitled for benefit of concessionary rates of duties and taxes under SRO 499(1)/2013 dated 12.06.2013. The representative also emphasised that SRO 499(1)/2013 dated 12.06.2013 do not differentiates amongst various types of vehicles and/or contains words such as hybrid like, Mild Hybrid or Micro Hybrid and only states “Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) falling under PCT Code 87.03” and the same has been held by various legal fora, to which being facts, the classification committee find no disagreement. The classification committee observed that the scope and mandate of classification committee under Chapter-II (Classification) of COO 12/2002 dated 15.06.2002, is limited to the extent of determination of classification of goods and do not have vested authority, powers and mandate to decide the applicability of and interpret any concessionary regime in respect of imported goods which fall under the jurisdiction and domain of the Clearance Collectorates, the Board and the judicial fora. As such, the classification committee proceeded to determine the classification of impugned vehicles, the committee added.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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rana amir Jan 29, 2023 10:34am
Fact Sheet All transport into electric is only solution. Make surplus Pakistan Balance of Payment. Total ban on all combustion engine vehicle. This past. Pakistan see a recovery period from now. Next year will be a start will be great year for Pakistan that we do not need loan and exit from IMF program. Third year will be surplus balance of payment. Reason. We are moving to all electric transportation. We will not established any futue enrgy from domestic resources. Solarization and charging station close to public building through private sector provide govt an additional source of revenue and will manage load by spreading on these charging staions. Rana Amir
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Muhammed Jan 29, 2023 11:58am
Put complete ban on imports of all sorts of vehicles whether 2,3,4,6,10,12 or 18 wheelers. Local manufacturing, not assembling, of any vehicle be allowed only on locally made components.
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rana amir Jan 29, 2023 12:12pm
Fact sheet Corrigendum We will not establish any energy source which requires imported minerals like imported coal and lng etc.
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Fouzi Jan 29, 2023 02:54pm
اچھا ہوا
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Alam Jan 30, 2023 01:25am
@Muhammed , Believe it or not, import of cars through consignee routes actually bring in a substantial amount of revenue in the form of duties and taxes. It also improves our forex position due to remittances that are required to qualify and pay for duty. Banning is not the solution, as our local industry does not have the resources compared to global markets. Progressive taxation in free markets is what should be preferable rather than bans.
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Rauf Sivany Jan 30, 2023 02:14pm
Is PDM really independent from American pressure? Any good job for Pakistan is vetoed by USA and followed by PDM. Pls in my views America wants Pakistan to fight with china and be friendly with India. Catch-22 situation in my views. If elections are held and PTI wins ... Another catch-22 situation. Army to take a strong role.
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Sunny Jan 30, 2023 09:56pm
All Imported Vehicals less then 12 seater and All Luxury items like decorations, Furniture's, Electronics snd Expensive food items etc must be Banned.. Exporters and Overseas Pakistani must be encouraged . Country need Political stability. Must hold Fair and impartial Election. Let people deicide their fate.
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