TRA caps handling charges for inbound postal packages
The Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRA) in cooperation with the Directorate General of Customs, on Wednesday issued a directive asking all postal operators to cap user fee for handling consignments.
In a tweet, TRA said, ‘The directive on fee is valid for a year starting from January 12, 2020. The cap on personal postal packages with a value not exceeding RO300 is RO2 and RO4 for consignments valued above RO300.
‘Similarly, the handling fee for all commercial packages will be up to RO7.’
Speaking to Muscat Daily, a TRA official said, “Licensed postal/courier service providers carry out the customs clearance process on behalf of the beneficiaries. The customs duties that beneficiaries are required to pay for the packages are paid by the service providers to expedite the clearance process.
“The fee paid on behalf of the beneficiaries during the clearance process is collected by the service providers upon delivery of the packages. This fee includes customs duties on packages and costs incurred during the clearance and handling procedures.”
An official from Oman Post said, “The fee is only for items that require customs clearance. There are many items that do not require customs clearance but private postal operators even charge for that.
“Suppose, you bought a phone cover from China for RO2. I am sure it does not require customs clearance. So, why should a private operator charge for customs clearance? At Oman Post, users only pay if the goods require customs clearance.”