Self-Declaration Mechanism for Import Duty Exemption On Machinery and Equipment Through The Customs Duties (Exemption) Order 2013:
Manufacturers in the Principal Customs Area (PCA), companies engaged in the hotel business can benefit from these facilities by claiming the exemption on import duty on machinery and equipment under these Orders through a self-declaration process.
Under this new self-declaration mechanism, a company is required to submit a confirmation letter issued by MIDA together with the list of machinery and equipment to be imported or purchased to Customs for permission to claim the exemption. Companies would be able to obtain the permission within a period of two (2) weeks from the date of complete submission received by Customs.
Prior to the introduction of this new mechanism, an application to MIDA for import duty exemption on machinery and equipment under the provisions of Section 14(2) Custom Act 1967 would require a processing period of four (4) weeks from the date of complete information received.
The implementation of the Customs Duties (Exemption) Order 2013 took effect on 2nd May 2014.
The key areas of the exemptions are:
Import duty exemption on machinery and equipment excluding spare parts and consumables imported or purchased from a Licensed Manufacturing Warehouse, Bonded Warehouse or Free Zone under item 115 Customs Duties (Exemption) Order 2013
Import duty exemption on specific equipment or machinery imported or purchased from a Licensed Manufacturing Warehouse, Bonded Warehouse or Free Zone under item 116 Customs Duties (Exemption) Order 2013
The application must be submitted prior to the importation or purchase of the machinery and equipment. As such, companies are advised to take into consideration the duration needed for the whole process to claim the exemption. This new mechanism with a self-declaration and self-regulatory environment; and time saving measures would be able to reduce the cost of doing business without the necessity of obtaining bank guarantee facilities for the clearance of goods.
MIDA provides online applications facilities for the applications of the Self Declaration Mechanism for Tax Exemption:
- SPM 1 (Manufacturers In The Principal Customs Area)
- SPM 2 (Companies Engaged In A Hotel Business)
With the implementation of the system, all confirmation letters will be signed using digital signature.