The finance ministry announced that any handheld goods that are not for commercial purposes will not be taxed when entering through the pedestrian terminals and integrated checkpoints in the south. The decision was conveyed to revenue and customs offices in Samtse, Phuentshogling, Gelephu, and Samdrup Jongkhar, yesterday. This change comes as an amendment to the previous tax policy, which imposed taxes and duties on goods exceeding the value of Nu 3,000 when the borders reopened in September of last year.
According to the finance ministry, the decision is based on a practical perspective, as it was found that the revenue generated from these taxes is minimal compared to the administrative hassles and possible disruptions they create.
Even the Department of Revenue and Customs’ Nu 3,000 threshold was not implemented, so far.
Further, according to the finance ministry’s letter to regional revenue and customs offices, the police will oversee the import of commercial goods at the integrated checkpoints.
The police will direct the commercial goods to the customs station to formalise customs procedures. This according to the letter is done to prevent any irregularities.
The letter also states that the Regional Revenue and Customs Offices will work closely with the police to ensure a smooth and unhindered customs process of goods entering the country via the pedestrian terminal and integrated check posts.
Meanwhile, BBS could not get in touch with anyone from the finance ministry for comments.
Edited by Sherub Dorji