Tea Industry is one of the most important industries of Pakistan and it has huge contribution towards Pakistan’s economy, said Abdul Rahim Janoo, Senior Vice President of FPCCI, in a meeting held with Khalid Puri, Chairman Pakistan Tea Association (PTA) who visited Federation House, Karachi today. The meeting was also attended by Rafiq Suleman, Samiullah, Altaf, Ashraf and others.

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Janoo, while appreciating the role of PTA in promotion of bilateral trade activities, emphasized the need of unity in business community for the enhancement of bilateral trade activities and economic prosperity of the country.

Puri said that tea is the top most consumable item of our country but unluckily due to massive smuggling through various channels, this industry has been suffering a lot. He further proposed reduction of import duty on tea from 10% to 5%, sales tax from 17% to 6%, income tax from 6% to 3% and advance sales tax from 3% to 0% be incorporated in the forthcoming Federal Budget with the view to curb smuggling and encourage its import through legal channel.

The chairman PTA also stated that the impact of duties and taxes on tea had rendered its legal import into smuggling regime particularly through Pak-Afghan Transit Trade Agreement (PATTA), thus depriving the national exchequer from about Rs. 12 billion annually, this can effectively be controlled through fiscal measures rather than administrative measures.

Janoo suggested immediate submission of the budget proposals of PTA for the protection of tea industry of Pakistan for onward submission to government by FPCCI. He also ensured that FPCCI will take up the matter with Chairman FBR and a letter will be sent to him for necessary consideration. He also assured full support and cooperation from FPCCI to PTA.