How will food items imported as relief goods by the Government be cleared from Customs?
16/05/16 at 2:38 pm
The conditions for import of food items as relief goods by the government are set under SRO No. 61-Law/92/1444/Cus, dated 17 March, 1992. A certificate by an officer not below the rank of Deputy Secretary of the concerned government ministry must be issued in favor of the concerned Commissioner of Customs that the goods are received as relief materials for distribution free of cost among the destitute/poor people/organizations, and that the goods will not be otherwise sold or used in any other way.
The government department importing the goods must provide an undertaking addressing the concerned Commissioner of Customs that it will remain liable to pay the assessable duties, VAT and supplementary duties if the goods received are disposed of in any manner other than free distribution.
Apart from that, the goods have to be found suitable for human consumption at the lab test conducted by the Ministry of Food. However, the general certificate to the effect that the items are fit for human consumption must be enclosed with the Bill of Lading, according to paragraph 16(3)(e) of the Import Policy Order, 2015-2018.
[This is for informational purposes only. In case of contradiction of conflict with relevant Act/Rules, provisions mentioned
or referred to in the said Act/Rules shall prevail.]