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The National Board of Revenue has planned to review the current schedule of fees and charges for various services related to customs to make it commensurate with the administrative costs for providing the services, said NBR officials.


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It will also regularly carry out analysis of the impacts of tariff structure on trade, investment, export and economic growth to know whether its tariff measures have put positive or negative impact on the areas.

In many cases, the sectors are badly affected by the tariff measures.

Customs wing of the NBR has already included the plan in its recently adopted four-year customs modernisation strategic action plan for the period of 2019-2022.

The policy instrument has identified 11 areas of modernisation to provide better services to traders and investors.

Customs officials said that the existing rates of fees and charges were lower than the costs for providing the services in connection with import and export.

Expenditure for manpower, technology and other logistics has become expensive over the years, they said.

Currently, the NBR collects fees and charges for various types of services including document processing, issuance of different certificate and duplicate customs documents, correction of clerical errors, laboratory test, container scanning, advance ruling and trans-shipment.

For example, the existing trans-shipment fees under Inland Waterways Protocol between India and Bangladesh are Tk 180 a tonne of goods. The fees include document processing fee at Tk 10, trans-shipment fee at Tk 20, security charge at Tk 100 and escort charge at Tk 50.

The fee for issuance of certificates and customs document duplicates is set at maximum Tk 20.

Under the comprehensive policy instrument, the NBR will also develop organisational structure for activities like non-intrusion inspection, risk management, national single window and authorised economic operator.

The NBR will also develop specialised skills for customs officials in the areas of classification, valuation, post clearance audit, intellectual property rights, authorised economic operator, risk management, transfer pricing and money laundering.

Under the plan, customs related laws, rules and regulations will be reviewed to identify gaps in the regulatory framework and strengthen the framework as required.

The NBR has also planned to ensure adequate facilities at customs laboratory to conduct each type of chemical, mechanical and other standards analysis.

It will establish laboratory in all customs houses and 16 land customs stations, it said, adding that each active LC station should have basic facilities to conduct chemical analysis.

Electronic customs procedures including e-filling, e-payment, e-auction, automated audit and online notification systems will be established in the period.

The NBR will also strengthen bilateral customs cooperation arrangements with the strategically potential countries, and will strengthen coordination with World Customs Organisation, World Trade Organisation and other agencies.

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