Nepal Foreign Trade Association (NFTA) has asked the government to clarify the customs rules for smooth imports.
"The customs are arbitrarily levying different charges for imports," said president of the association Ashok Kumar Agrawal in a meeting with director general of the Customs Department Dr Mukti Narayan Poudel here today.
"Different customs are charging different rates for the same imports due to the vague classification system," he said, adding that the customs do not recognise the import bill of even multinational companies. "The customs levy charges on imports arbitrarily also due to the lack of clear customs valuation," the team apprised the director general.
They also sought a clarification on the papers that they need to submit at the customs for smooth imports. "Importers of electronics, confectionery and cosmetic products have been suffering more due to the unclear customs rule," they complained.
Poudel, however, claimed that the customs recognises the import bills and if any customs is not going by the rule, he will seek clarification from the concerned customs officials. "But importers must import quality products," he suggested, asking them to be more aware while importing food items.
The customs will be strict regarding the import of quality products, the director general said. "Nepali importers have also been cheated by foreign exporters."Likewise, the customs department will not encourage under valuation of imports, Poudel said, asking the importers to cooperate with the department by providing information on imports of under-valued products for effective customs procedures