The All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) recently sought an upward revision in duty drawback on exports to bring it in line with current duties and taxes. Since 2009, when the existing duty drawback facility was notified, tariff rates have completely changed and regulations needed an immediate update, said APTMA Punjab secretary general Raza Baqir.
Almost half of Pakistani exporters reportedly find it hard to comply with trade-related regulations or procedures in the country and abroad.
In a meeting with senior officers of the Input-Output Coefficient Organisation (IOCO) North Zone Directorate General to evaluate rates of duty drawback on exported goods of the garment industry, it was noted that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) had established the IOCO Directorate General with the responsibility of continually evaluating the duty drawback rates on exports and rates of input-output of goods in liaison with the private sector.
Pakistan Customs has revised upward the rates of duty drawback for various sectors under a factual determination by IOCO after revision in the valuation of inputs under the government vision of ‘Made in Pakistan’ to increase global competitiveness of products and contribute to an export-led growth.
APTMA members stressed the need for amending rules, simplifying tax laws and automating business processes to bring transparency in the system so that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) of the value-added textile industry could be helped and exports could be enhanced, according to Pakistani media reports.
They called for implementing the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan by simplifying the export scheme, providing new incentives for the business community to help them to keep abreast of latest developments and trends in technology.
Delegation members pointed to a cash flow crunch that had squeezed productivity, resulting in reduced exports as billions of rupees were blocked, and demanded that the government release all stuck claims of exporters immediately.
APTMA members noted that billions of dollars of untapped export potential is at risk due to market friction such as a lack of transparency and related non-tariff measures, especially for small businesses.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)