Sugar industry opposes tracking and traceability system – Journal

ISLAMABAD: In order to eliminate tax evasion in key sectors of the economy, the Federal Revenue Council (FBR) has launched consultations to implement the Track & Trace (TTS) system in production units. The first meeting in this regard will be held at the FBR headquarters on Monday (tomorrow).

The FBR invited representatives from five sugar factories for consultations on TTS with the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (PSMA).

However, the sugar industry has already expressed reservations about the move and claimed that it would not be possible to stick TTS stickers on the bags of sugar, as they would come off and potentially benefit tax evaders.

Shortly after becoming president of FBR, Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed started the process of implementing the TTS in the tobacco, cement, sugar and fertilizer sectors.

However, the sugar industry opposed the move, saying the new technology could not be applied to polypropylene bags because the stickers would not stick to them.

In a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Pakistan Polypropylene Woven Sack Manufactures Association (PPWSMA) called for support against the implementation of TTS and requested instead to print the Quick Response Code (QR) on the bags.

In the letter, PPWSMA President Iskendar Khan, who is also PSMA President, said: “We have called on the FBR to require all polypropylene factories to print QR codes on the products. bags produced for sugar, fertilizers, cement, wheat. flour, wheat, legumes, rice and animal feed, etc.

The installed QR code machine will be connected to a computer system with software to generate a sales invoice showing the price and sales tax amount which is documented in the QR code to be verifiable / readable through a phone app mobile allowing the FBR to trace each polypropylene bag produced for industrial packaging.

Posted in Dawn, le 29 August 2021

Rachel J. Bradford