Deadline for ceramics dealers


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 26 Feb 2004

PUTRAJAYA: Companies affected by a new ruling that requires ceramics importers to obtain special permits from the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) are given until tomorrow to appeal to the Finance Ministry. 

Many importers could not get clearance from the Customs Department for consignments amounting to millions of ringgit because of their failure to obtain the permits and meet product specification standards under the Customs (Prohibition of Import) Order for ceramics, said Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen.  

The ministry issued the order, which came into force on Feb 12, under the Customs Act 1967.  

Imported ceramics are mainly for the building industry. 

Dr Ng said she had directed the department to obtain information on the number of containers stuck at the ports. 

Companies faced with the problem, she said, had until tomorrow to provide the authorities with relevant information such as the company’s name and container location as well as valid documents. 

“We will try to deal with this problem at one go. Future complaints will not be entertained,” she said at the ministry here yesterday after meeting with representatives from the department and six affected companies and MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Michael Chong. 

She also urged the CIDB and the Real Estate and Housing Developers Association Malaysia to inform members of new government directives to avoid similar problems in future. 

Kuala Lumpur-based importer C.N. Lim said he only found out about the new requirements after the arrival of his consignments. 

For more information, call 03-8882 3366/3311.  

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