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Revenue collection at Hili land port falls short of target

  • Published at 10:32 pm February 20th, 2020
Hili land port
The main reason for the revenue shortfall is the quantity of goods imported through the port has decreased, while the import of rice and onion has stopped altogether Dhaka Tribune

According to Hili land port customs station, the NBR set Tk271.61crore as their revenue target for the port for the entire current fiscal year

Hili port earned Tk113.82crore, around Tk23.75crore less than the target set by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) for July 2019 to January2020 of the current fiscal year.

The NBR set a revenue target of Tk137.58crore for the first sevenmonths of the current fiscal year. However, the port only managed to collect Tk113.82crore against the revenue target.

According to Hili land port customs station, the NBR set Tk271.61crore as their revenue target for the port for the entire current fiscal year. 

In 2019, for July, the port’s earnings were at Tk10.94crore against a target of Tk7.16crore. In August the port earned Tk9.31crore against a target of Tk17.31 crore, in September, Tk14.16crore against a targeted Tk11.94crore, in October Tk11.97crore against Tk16.23crore as a target, in November, Tk18.26crore against a Tk24.39crore target, and in December the earnings were at Tk24.51crore against a target of Tk36.34crore.

For this year, the NBR collected Tk24.84crore against a Tk24.21 crore target in January.

MahbuburRahman, revenue officer at Hili land port, acknowledged the revenue deficit.

"NBR's target for January of the current fiscal was Tk24.21 crore, while we managed to collect Tk24.84 crore. But we still encountered an overall revenue deficit of Tk23.75 crorein the first seven months," he added.

The main reason for this is that the quantity of goods imported through the port has decreased, while the import of rice and onion through the port, previously in high frequency, has stopped altogether, Mahbub remarked.

At the same time, some commercial goods were imported through the port, which have also ceased now, due to which there was reduced revenue, the revenue officer mentioned.

Harun Ur Rashid, president of Importer-Exporter Group at Hili land port, said various complications plaguing the land port are preventing the NBR from reaching their desired revenue targets, complications that include bureaucratic difficulties in importing goods, differentiating duty-free goods from commercial goods, and more.

“Goods are often released at other ports of the country for comparatively lower tariff, but in Hili the duty is high, not to mention additional taxes on goods” he added.

Harun said that previously items like dried fish, various motor parts, and other accessories were imported from India using the Hili land port, but over-taxation of such items has dampened their import through this port.

If these complications can be addressed, and policies can be formulated to ease the import process, then import volume and tax revenue will rise again, he said.

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