In the SRO issued yesterday, the Federal Board of Revenue enlisted imported items and their respective customs tax. The new SRO amended the older one, changing custom duties, increasing the tax rate charged on the import of new vehicles by 30%.
PM of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said in an interview that he will not let the rupee get devalued. Increase in customs tax will help government generate a substantial flow of revenue towards the economy while discouraging people from importing expensive equipment which hurts the foreign exchange reserves.
Pakistan’s economy has been struggling off late with unstable value of rupee, uncertainty in stock market and several other factors. This step, however, will assist the mafia and monopoly of the trio of Japanese car manufacturers (assemblers) which have been ‘robbing’ the people of Pakistan by overpricing cars while stripping them of basic features.
Having to spend huge sums of money for outdated vehicles is outrageous – the same amount of money can get you a much superior vehicle from other countries.
The last resort for Pakistanis – imported vehicles – are also being eyed on by the government. The new taxes will increase the total cost of importing vehicles to Pakistan.
Here’s a compiled list of vehicles and the new customs taxes imposed via the new SRO;
- New Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs): 80% tax, up from 50%
- Old and Used Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs) 1801cc-3000cc: 60% unchanged
- New Cars and Jeeps 1801cc-3000cc: 80% up from 50%
- Used Cars and Jeeps 1801cc-3000cc: 60% unchanged
- New Cars and Jeeps above 3000cc: 80% up from 50%
- Used Cars and Jeeps above 3000cc: 60% unchanged
- New All-terrain vehicles: 80% up from 50%
- Old and Used All-terrain vehicles: 60% unchanged
- New Cars and Jeeps Above 2000cc: 80% up from 50%
- Used Cars and Jeeps Above 2000cc: 60% unchanged
- New Cars and Jeeps Above 2500cc: 80% up from 50%
- Used Cars and Jeeps Above 2500cc: 60% unchanged
- New Other: 80% up from 50%
- Old and Used Other: 60% unchanged
- Vehicles of a cylinder capacity exceeding 1000cc but not exceeding 1300cc: 15% unchanged
Note that the “New Sport-Utility Vehicles (SUVs)” category previously excluded electric-hybrid vehicles falling into the same class and their exclusion in the revised SRO is not mentioned so we can expect the same tax rate on them as well.