Export Policy Order 2013:
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Policy Framework 2012-15 Speech
Muhammad Amin Fahim Senior Federal Minister for Commerce
Ladies & gentlemen,
It is a matter of privilege for me to present the second strategic
trade policy framework (STPF) for next three-year period, 2012-15.
Present democratic government took the initiative to launch a three
year strategic trade policy framework in 2009 instead of annual
trade policies to address the concerns of our business community as
well as our trading partners on frequent policy shifts – termed as
S.R.O. culture. This initiative has served the purpose of giving a
medium term outlook to our policy regime.
Carrying this initiative forward, we are now launching the second
Strategic Trade Policy Framework, for the period 2012-15.
During past three years, business climate of the country has
unfortunately been affected by the security situation prevalent in
the region. Energy deficit, law and order situation and devastating
floods in 2010 and 2011 have also added to the problems being faced
by our industry. However, our economy has shown strength in the face
of these challenges and has continued to grow at a steady rate.
Despite various challenges faced by economy, our trade has shown
consistent improvement. Our exports increased by 27 percent in the
year 2010-11 and touched a record level of us $ 24.8 billion. There
was a slight fall of 4.7 percent in exports during 2011-12, due to
the global financial crisis and lower prices of cotton in the
Textile still remains the mainstay of our exports. However, focused
efforts by the Ministry of Commerce for diversification of our
export basket and markets have yielded positive results and the
share of non-textile sector has risen from 36.5 percent of our total
exports in 2006-07 to 48 percent in 2011-12. Similarly, we have also
been successful to a reasonable degree in diversification of our
export markets with a gradually increasing quantum of our exports
now going to markets in Asia and Africa. Importantly Afghanistan has
emerged as a major trading partner and has become our third largest
Ladies & gentlemen,
Given the in-elasticity of our import basket, only viable option
available with the government to address the issue of trade deficit
is to put a higher level of effort for increasing our exports. It is
in this perspective that we have formulated the strategic trade
policy framework for 2012-15.
The strategic trade policy framework sets out policy guidelines and
identifies principal areas of action to strengthen different aspects
of Pakistan’s export competitiveness directly or indirectly.
The major elements of STPF 2012-2015 are:
• i. Focus on regional trade
• ii. Strengthening of the institutional framework for promotion of
Export Policy Order 2009:
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Import, export policy orders: FBR proposes
Tuesday, 14 July 2009 11:03
ISLAMABAD (July 14 2009): The Federal Board of Revenue has proposed
major changes in the import and export policy orders to facilitate
overseas Pakistanis, enhance exports and streamline procedures to
check import of restricted items under the upcoming Trade Policy
2009-10. The FBR has forwarded viable proposals of the Model Customs
Collectorates (MCCs) to the Ministry of Commerce for consideration
in the new Trade Policy. The MCCs proposals mainly related to the
procedural changes in Import Policy Order and Export Policy Order,
measures for checking misdeclarations of the imported goods,
facilitative steps to increase exports and removal of ambiguities in
the existing import and export policy orders.
Some of the key proposals have been submitted by MCCs in Karachi,
which primarily deal with the imports and exports, sources added.
Following are the proposals of the MCC, Pakistan Customs
Computerised System (PaCCS), Karachi forwarded by the FBR to the
Commerce Ministry: Firstly, 'Swine flu-free certification' in case
of import of animal and products thereof from affected countries may
be incorporated in the Import Policy under Trade Policy (2009-2010).
Secondly, clear description and detailed list of "precursor
elements" eg Acetic Chloride, with sectors of import should be
incorporated in the form of a separate Annexure in the Import
Policy. Thirdly, the words "used POL products" should be added in
the list of restricted items with clear descriptions and allowed
only under some regulations.
Fourthly, General Rules of Origin should be added in the preamble of
the Import Policy. Fifthly, the import of Cranes classified under
"HS Code 8705" may be allowed in old and used condition, as they are
used in the construction sector, in line with other machinery and
equipment for this sector. Sixthly, in case of old and used
vehicles, the age of the vehicle should be calculated from the 1st
day of calendar year of the model and year of manufacturing and
depreciation upto 2 percent per month may be allowed. Seventhly,
import of old and used vehicles upto 5 years in case of Transfer of
Residence and 3 years under baggage and gift scheme may be allowed.
Eight, the requirement of Pemra certificate for the import of dish
antenna/satellite receiver may be discontinued to facilitate the
dissemination of information. Nine, surveillance cameras and CCTV
cameras which are otherwise not allowed for import in used condition
should be allowed along with old and used security related equipment
and gadgets in Appendix B, keeping in view the security environment
in the country. Tenth, used machine tools, which are banned in the
Import Policy Order due to Customs General Order No 11 of 2007, may
be incorporated in Appendix-C of the Import Policy order with clear
descriptions and specification of each item.
Eleven, the goods falling in PCT Heading 8473.3010 (Computer Casings
with Power) are not allowed to be imported in used/second hand
condition under Serial No 7 of Appendix-C of the Import Policy
Order. It is proposed that PCT Heading 8473.3010 may be deleted from
Appendix-C making it in line with other computer parts and
accessories. In Appendix-G, wherever the description "other" has
been given, specific descriptions/ specifications of the items
should be incorporated to avoid ambiguity.
The procedure issued by the Ministry of Commerce for import of arms
and ammunition of non prohibited bore provides for import of these
weapons on the basis of import authorization in terms of value which
creates room for misdeclaration, as the importers tend to import
more quantity by misdeclaring value. It is proposed that the import
of these weapons may also be made conditional on declaration of
"quantity" of these weapons, the MCC PaCCS, Karachi proposals added.
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