KARACHI: Collector of Model Customs Collectorate-MCC of Appraisement (West) Muhammad Saleem has issued an order in connection with the procedure for temporary import and subsequent export of Defence Exhibition Goods for IDEAS-2014, which is scheduled to be held from December 1-4, 2014 at the Karachi Expo Centre (KEC).
According to standing order, the procedures are prescribed to facilitate the clearance of goods to be imported and subsequently exported in pursuance of Ministry of Commerce’s permission vide letter No 20(5)/2009-Imp.I (15496; Special Exemption Order No. 03/2014 issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) vide letter C No 17(25)/2002. Cus. Exm; Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO)’s letter No. DEPO/2224/06/IDEAS-2014 regarding the 8th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) to be held from December 1 to 4, 2014 at KEC.
The Karachi Expo Centre (KEC) University Road, Karachi is declared as the Exhibition Site and Customs Examination area in terms of Section 80(5) of the Customs Act, 1969. As per the Standing Order, Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) has appointed M/s Agility Fairs & Events (Pvt) Ltd, Karachi as sole official freight forwarder and M/s Agility Logistics (Pvt) Limited, Karachi (CHAL Number:2248) as sole official Customs agent to file the Goods Declaration (GD) for the exhibition “IDEAS-2014”. No other individual/organization/clearing agent shall be allowed to act as freight forwarder and no other Customs agent/organization/individual shall be allowed to file GD for IDEAS-2014.
Defence Export Promotion Organization (DECO) shall issue Authorization Certificate for temporary import-cum-export in respect of each consignment imported for display in the above referred exhibition. Goods Declaration (GD) for Home Consumption bearing title “IDEAS-2014” with complete description, quantity, value and leviable rates of duties & taxes along with authorization certificate, invoices and packing lists shall be filed in the Model Customs Collectorates Appraisement (East/West), Karachi, Air Freight Unit (AFU), MCC-Preventive, Karachi and MCC-Port Muhammad Bin Qasim, Karachi as the case may be for the clearance and data entry of goods imported for the subject exhibition.
The respective Appraising Group shall make assessment on the basis of declarations given in the documents and shall process the GD in terms of Chapter-9920 to the First Schedule to the Customs Act, 1969 under sub-section (2) of the Section 80 ibid, Serial No.57 of Table-I of the 6th Schedule to the Sales Tax Act, 1990 and relevant provision of Income Tax Ordinance, 2001 without collection of any customs duty, sales tax, FED and advance Income Tax.
Container Number and Seal Numbers of the sealed containers shall be verified at the port in case of Containerized Cargo and marks & numbers will be verified in case of goods contained in the packages (LCL). Removal of the goods to the exhibition site shall be allowed under Customs Escort. The MCC-Appraisement (West) shall supervise the site for exhibition purpose. It will also serve as the Coordinating Collectorate among all the concerned Collectorates.
The Custom’s examination staff exclusively deputed for this purpose shall examine the goods 100per cent at the exhibition site under Section 80 (5) of the Customs Act, 1969 and make detailed inventory duly signed by authorized representative of DEPO, with a copy to the Assistant/Deputy Collector respective Appraising Group. M/s Agility Fairs & Event Logistics (Pvt) Ltd and official clearing agent shall be responsible for arranging the goods (Exhibitors/Consignment-Wise) for this purpose.
All imported live ammunition to be used during fire power displayed at PAF Firing Range Sonmiani/Naval Dockyard will be consigned in the name of Army Embarkation Headquarters Karachi (EHQ) and will be treated as Defence Cargo. Procedure already laid down for clearance of live ammunition as defence cargo will be followed.
In case of passenger(s) arriving with the exhibition equipment, the same shall be allowed release by the Customs staff at the airport on the Authorization Certificate issued by the Defence Export Promotion Organization (DEPO) and after due endorsement on their passport. The details of these goods shall be recorded at the Exhibition premises immediately after their arrival at KEC by the Customs, DEPO and M/s Agility Fairs & Event Logistics (Pvt) Ltd. At the time of departure, the Customs staff at the airport shall delete the endorsement from the passport in the light of certificate of clearance issued by DEPO after the fulfillment of formalities of Immigration.
All Collectorates concerned shall depute exclusively staff for escort from where exhibits are imported/exported and a joint team for examination of goods (Imports & Exports) at the exhibition premises. However, the premises shall be supervised and manned by the MCC-Appraisement (West), Karachi.
The Collectorates concerned shall maintain a complete record of imports/exports for “IDEAS-2014”. After the conclusion of the exhibition, the Customs staff shall re-examine 100per cent goods at the time of re-export as per procedure in vogue at Karachi Expo Centre and shall cross-check the same with the Inventory of the Exhibits. The Inventory prepared accordingly shall be verified and signed by the Customs staff. The cargo for re-export shall be removed to the respective port/airport from KEC under Customs Escort as was done at the time of import.
The consignments shall be allowed Export subject to the clearance from the Drug Enforcement Cell (DEC), MCC-Preventive, Karachi which shall be conducted at KEC. M/s Agility Fairs & Event Logistics (Pvt) Ltd and the officials clearing agent will co-ordinate and arrange the clearance from these agencies.
The goods covered under FBR’s Special Exemption Order No 03/2014 issued by FBR’s letter No 17(25)/2002.Cus.Exm shall be exempted accordingly subject to certificate issued by DEPO submitted by M/s Agility Fairs& Event Logistics (Pvt) Ltd along with other documents for the final counting after the Exhibition. Leviable duty/taxes in respect of goods consumed or retained (not covered under exemption issued by FBR) would be deposited forthwith against the respective groups in consultation with DEPO, by M/s Agility Fairs & Event Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, Karachi through the official Customs Agent.
In case of items not exported within 30days, the same will be treated as Defence Goods and shall be handed over to the Army Embarkation Headquarters (EHQ), Karachi. The EHQ shall follow the procedure laid down for clearance of defence cargo before removal from the Exhibition Area. The Customs staff posted at AFU, in the similar manner as mentioned above, shall process the GD as per the declaration, pertaining to the goods to be imported by air. This order shall apply Mutatis-Mutandis in case of imports/exports through MCC-Port Qasim, MCC-Preventive and MCC-Exports, Karachi, adding that this issues with the concurrence of all the Collectorates.