alladitta.com marketplace pakistan changes in eCommerce 2021

Changes in eCommerce policy in Pakistan 2021

According to the rules, the new procedure shall apply for assessment and clearance of imported or exported goods of Business-to-Consumer (B2C) transactions through authorized dealer via designated customs station notified by the list.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has decided to “strictly” regulate the buying and selling of goods including digital products through electronic transactions conducted via the internet or other computer-mediated (online communication) networks.

The FBR has issued the draft of the Import and Export of E-Commerce Rules, here on Thursday.

Here at alladitta.com marketplace we focus on local business (B2C) and exports of the local manufacturers (B2B).

In the absence of customs monitoring of e-commerce goods, the FBR cannot fully check the movement of such goods for accurate assessment of duties and taxes.

The monitoring of these digital products would be possible after implementation of the Import and Export of E-Commerce Rules, sources added.

According to the rules, the new procedure shall apply for assessment and clearance of imported or exported goods of Business-to-Consumer (B2C) transactions through authorized dealer via designated customs station notified by the list.

The FBR has also explained the responsibilities of registered courier and e-commerce exporters and importers.

the “e-commerce” means buying and selling of goods or services including digital products through electronic transactions conducted via the internet or other computer-mediated (online communication) networks.

The “e-commerce exporter” means an exporter who has been registered by an authorized dealer of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) in the B2C e-commerce module developed for Customs in Pakistan called WeBOC (https://www.weboc.gov.pk/). Within this module, the “e-commerce importer” means an importer or end consumer receiving goods meant for personal use, not for commercial activity, who has been registered using this module.

These regulations shall not apply to the following goods; such as Goods requiring testing of samples, animals, perishable goods, food stuff including beverages, medicines of any sort, alcoholic drinks, restricted items subject to fulfillment of import and export regulations under the relevant law; prohibition under sections 15 and 16 of the Customs Act, 1969, and import and export goods, which are intended for clearance from customs station or airport other than at which arrived.

“Under the rules, the “e-commerce” means buying and selling of goods or services including digital products through electronic transactions conducted via the internet or other computer-mediated (online communication) networks.” S. Faraz

The registered courier shall file the prior arrival manifest of e-commerce goods on the prescribed format. The Risk Management System shall be applied at the manifest filing stage. The consumer shall provide the details of shipment and e-commerce importer.

E-commerce goods of the consumer shall be cleared upon provision of information prior to the manifest or post arrival of the goods. Goods declaration shall be filed by the registered courier on behalf of e-commerce importer and exporter on the specified type of goods declaration for the purpose of e-commerce.

Duty and taxes shall be paid by the e-commerce importer and exporter through following methods: Self-payment by the e-commerce e-importer and exporter through a unique payment ID, and payment through authorized registered courier.

The registered courier shall be responsible along with the e-commerce importer or exporter as the case may be and shall be dealt under the relevant provisions of the Customs Act, 1969, the FBR maintained.

The goods shall be cleared upon examination and assessment through the WeBOC system upon decision by the RMS system.

Worry not

This is applicable more towards the huge import we have seen in the recent past from China, and increase in the drop shipping business. Which does not require much from the ecommerce platform seller side.

Or when you import products in bulk then it goes through the scrutiny, and our customs authorities in Pakistan.

Hopefully, this gets better with the new year 2021.

However if you are a seller/buyer within Pakistan and not importing any goods from outside then you do not have to worry as its not applicable to you.

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