Customs satisfied with SST implementation

Iskandar Puteri: A total of RM1 billion was collected through the Sales and Service Tax (SST) since it was reintroduced on Sept 1, to replace the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Customs director general Datuk Seri T Subromaniam said however, the local SST tax collection would only be known later this month.

“Overall, we are satisfied with the implementation of SST and do not face any major issues. For local SST, traders will only send in a statement by month end, “he said at the handing over ceremony of CEA Building at Dewan Budaya Cawangan Import, Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex, yesterday.

Also present was Gelang Patah Member of Parliament Lim Kit Siang.

At the event, the Customs Department received the certificate of the construction of the Customs Examination Area (CEA) at the Sultan Abu Bakar CIQ Complex at the Malaysia-Singapore Second Link (Linkedua).

“This facility is crucial to ensure commercial vehicles use facilities at one of the Singapore-Malaysia main entrances,” he said.

He said the government has always promoted the route since the Sultan Iskandar Building (BSI) CIQ is always busy, but previously it did not get much attention due to some problems such as the absence of roofing and lights.

Subromaniam said the absence of roofs and lights led to the delay in the customs release processes, especially when it rains as officers could not make inspections.

The situation, he said, forced drivers and lorries to wait. However, with the completion of the roof at the CEA, inspection can be done at any point of time, including during the night because it is equipped with lights to help officers work comfortably.

“We believe it can help boost the trade clearance processes at Linkedua and help boost the economy, especially the country’s trade export.

“In addition, the implementation of ‘uCustoms’ announced by the Prime Minister in the semi-annual review of the 11th Malaysia Plan recently, is expected to curb leakage in the current system.

“It is a new customs clearance system to replace the old one. It is expected to be fully launched next year and used in Port Klang, before being expanded to other ports, including Linkedua,” he said.

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