TRA caps han­dling charges for in­bound postal pack­ages

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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.”

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