Misdeclaration on cement import from Iran continues

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Pakistan/Iran: The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has condemned the illegal import of cement from Iran and tax evasions at the import stage by misdeclaration, which is seriously affecting Pakistan's cement industry. The APCMA has urged the government to stop the trade immediately.

An APCMA spokesman said that the quantity of cement being imported from Iran has been found understated on the Customs Goods Declaration form, resulting in a substantial loss to the national exchequer. This is done via the collusion of dealers with Customs departments officials and transporters. Not all of the necessary tax is being paid on Iranian cement imports.

"At present, the country's surplus cement production capacity is more than 20Mt/yr and it is coming under further pressure because of the illegal imports of cement. It is not only damaging the local industry, but also through misdeclaration it is giving a substantial loss to the national exchequer," said the APCMA spokesman. He urged the government to include cement in a negative list of import items so that the country's surplus production capacity could be used to the maximum. "This would help to increase economic growth in the country and will also curb malpractices at different levels."

Last modified on 22 April 2015

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