The country’s automotive industry and manufacturers are suffering due to the aftershocks of inconsistent import policies, rampant import of used cars and frequent amnesty schemes of the past government, said the Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers’ (PAAPAM) Chairman Usman Malik on Thursday.
“Used car importers, in connivance with the customs and FIA immigration officials, are misusing the personal baggage schemes, which are meant only to facilitate overseas Pakistanis for importing their own used vehicles into the country,” said Malik.
The chairman added that in order to control the menace, all overseas Pakistanis, who bring their personal vehicles to the country, should be required to register these imported cars under their own name in Pakistan; with the condition that they cannot sell or transfer it for a specified number of years.
As per current rules, overseas Pakistanis are required to stay abroad for at least two years and the vehicles, which they wish to import, must be in their possession during their stay abroad.
Besides, they have to produce foreign vehicle registration certificates along with their driving licence at the time of clearance.
However, this scheme is being misused, which is being patronised by a lobby of some customs and immigration officers.
The majority of vehicles being imported under this scheme are not owned by overseas Pakistanis but their passports are stamped wrongly by immigration officers and used for commercially importing used vehicles from Japan.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.
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