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FBR Imposes New Currency Declaration Requirements for Incoming and Outbound Passengers

FBR Imposes New Currency Declaration Requirements for Incoming and Outbound Passengers

FBR Imposes New Currency Declaration Requirements for Incoming and Outbound Passengers. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has recently imposed a new restriction on the incoming international passengers to declare foreign currency of $10,000 or above at the time of arrival at the airports.

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In this regard, the FBR has issued the draft of the new “Customs Declaration form“ for the incoming international passengers for declaration of foreign currency worth $10,000 or above.

The FBR issued an SRO.1751(I)/2022 here on Tuesday to amend the Baggage Rules, 2006.

According to the new customs declaration for passengers, in the case of accompanied baggage, the outbound passenger who owns:

  • foreign currency exceeding $5,000 or equivalent,
  • any other prohibited or restricted item
  • or any other item requiring declaration before Customs,
  • shall file a declaration in the form before or on departure electronically in the WeBOC or manually at the airport.
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The incoming passenger who owns:

  • foreign currency exceeding $10,000 or equivalent,
  • any other prohibited or restricted item
  • or any other item requiring declaration before Customs,
  • shall file a declaration in the form.

The declaration would ask the passengers to declare any of the following goods:

  • prohibited or restricted goods such as
  • arms and ammunitions,
  • narcotics,
  • psychotropic substances or
  • satellite phones,
  • gold and precious metals, jewelry, precious or semi-precious stones,
  • foreign currency in US Dollars (USD) or equivalent, for outbound passengers with an amount exceeding $5,000 or equivalent
  • and incoming passengers having amount exceeding $10,000 or equivalent and
  • any other items requiring declaration before Customs
FBR rejected claims of currency smuggling from Pakistan. FBR Imposes New Currency Declaration Requirements for Incoming and Outbound Passengers.

Earlier, the FBR had clarified that:

  • the mandatory requirement for passengers coming into Pakistan and bringing currency and/or negotiable instruments was notified by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) more than ten years ago
  • vide notification no. F.E.1/2012-SB dated 16th June 2012.
  • This requirement came into force on 1st July 2012.

These requirements for declaration are in line with:

  • international standards and
  • the best practices adopted by most of the countries in the world.
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The passengers can make the declaration either:

  • manually at the Customs counter or
  • electronically in the Customs system.
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