Posted on April 08, 2016

A law which was put in force in 2002 regulating the business of commercial agents is being amended and expected to be implemented soon. Once in effect, the legislation would give the right to traders who are registered in the Commercial Register to import goods directly even if those goods have an authorised local agent. At its weekly meeting yesterday, the State Cabinet took the "necessary steps" to issue this draft law which amends some provisions of Law No. 8 of 2002 regulating the Business of Commercial Agents.

The Cabinet was briefed on the recommendations of the Advisory Council about the draft law, reports QNA. The Cabinet meeting was presided over by Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. Details of the deliberations of the meeting were given in a statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud, Qatar News Agency said.

According to the amended law, however, the Minister of Economy and Commerce could impose conditions and controls relating to the principle of reciprocity if traders import goods for which there are authorised local distributors. The authorised agent (of goods and services) could get back to the Principal to get commission in accordance with the terms of their mutual agreement if the goods being imported by a third party are for trading purposes. The agent would, however, have no right to claim commission on goods that are imported for personal use or for re-export.

The draft law defines a commercial agent as the one who commits him-self, under a distribution contract, to promote and distribute goods and services for industrial or commercial establishments provided that he is the sole distributor of those goods or services. The Cabinet could, upon recommendations of the Minister of Economy and Commerce, exempt some goods from the scope of the amended law. A competent directorate may also allow the establishment of workshops for repair, etc, by non-agents of some goods that have authorised local agents. Rules regarding this will be issued by the Minister.

The Cabinet also approved its draft decision amending some provisions of Decision No. 17 of 2011 on nominating the chairman and members of the tax appeal committee and the organisation of its work and determining its rewards. The committee, at the Ministry of Finance under the presidency of one of the judges of Court of Appeals and with memberships of representatives from concerned entities, is to decide on appeals filed by taxpayers. The meeting approved a Cabinet draft decision to amend some provisions of Decision No. 36 of 2014 establishing the single-window Customs Clearance System's National Committee.

This panel, set up at the General Authority of Customs under its deputy president and with membership of representatives from concerned entities, is in charge of specialisations including the contribution to facilitating the process of trade exchange between the State and world countries by simplifying procedures and non-customs restrictions on outlets, and confining import and export operations to a single-window to enable all concerned parties to complete procedures through the system.

The Cabinet took measures to endorse two memorandums of understanding in the fields of health; and radio and television between Qatar and Pakistan; and approved a draft agreement between Qatar and Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation on the headquarters of the OIC's humanitarian funds.

source: The Peninsula