ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet Committee on Economic Coordination abolished all duties and taxes on cotton imports, while also allowing import of cotton from Afghanistan and Central Asian countries through the Torkham border.
According to the report, the decision was taken at a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee headed by Prime Minister's Adviser to the Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, which will be implemented from January 15, 2020.
It should be noted that the government imposed a 1% customs duty with a sales tax of 5% on import of cotton in 15-2014.
However, after a few years, the imports of cotton imposed 3% regulatory duty, 2% additional customs duty and 5% sales tax.
Duty on cotton was abolished in January / February 2017 and re-imposed duty from July to August.
On October 4 this year, the Cotton Crops Assessment Committee estimated that for the fiscal year 20-2019, cotton production will reach 10.20 million against the target of 15 million bales.
The Commerce Division has proposed a duty-free import of cotton due to a reduction in the target of cotton production, but the ECC was informed that cotton would be taken from local farmers by January 1 next year and the proposed exception local. Will not adversely affect farmers' interests.
However, the Commerce and National Food Divisions assured that imported cotton will facilitate textile exports, which is witnessing a growth trend.
Dr Hafiz Sheikh directed the Ministry of National Food Security to formulate a comprehensive policy after consultation with stakeholders to help improve local cotton production and for the benefit of local farmers.
He said that the compiled policy should be submitted to the Economic Coordination Committee within a month.