National Board of Revenue (NBR) has taken a move to use digital technology to curb the abuse of liquor, cigarettes and other liquor products purchased under duty-free facilities.
As part of this move, the NBR will use digital technology along with installation of automation system in different duty-free points, said a circular on Wednesday.
The NBR already formulated a “Diplomatic Bond Automation System” in this regard, official sources said.
Diplomats and privileged people in the country purchase imported liquor, liquor products and cigarettes from the diplomatic bonded warehouse which is duty-free.
The NBR formulated the diplomatic bond automation system to ensure transparency of all activities of this warehouse.
The circular stated that the tax exemption certificate issued by the Ministry of External Affairs and the passbook issued by the Dhaka Customs Bond Commissionerate for diplomats and privileged people residing in Bangladesh only can avail the tax-exempt facility. “The activities of the Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse need to ensure transparency, accountability and speedy delivery of government services through the proper use of digital technology,” the circular said.
At the same time, the notification has given some separate instructions to the Ministry of External Affairs and Diplomatic Bonded Warehouse to conduct its activities.