FAISALABAD: Customs Adjudication Additional Collector Asma Hameed ordered to release the confiscated 310 drums of petroleum products and tanker.
As per details, the ASO intercepted an oil tanker bearing registration no: TLN-715 and recovered 310 drums of petroleum products which were being transported from Quetta to Faisalabad. The driver Bilal Ahmed produced import GD no: 5098 which declared the consignment as white spirit. On suspicion, the said trailer was brought to customs dry port for detailed examination.
Over non-satisfactory situation, the team impounded the oil tanker along with petroleum products and forwarded the case to the adjudication.
Additional Collector Asma Hameed heard the case where the case record thoroughly put forth by the respondents as well as the seizing agency. The plea of the respondent is that the seized petroleum products were cleared from MCC Quetta after payment of duty and taxes and the goods were released vide C No 5098 NLC/DP/2018/11467. Lab report of the goods was conducted by customs authorities Quetta at the time of import from Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan, Quetta. The goods were sold by the importer M/s Durrani Enterprises to the present claimant owner Ahmed Shah.
Considering the circumstances, a lenient view is taken under Section 181 of the Customs Act 1969 and goods are given to the lawful owner against payment of redemption fine equal to 20% of the value. He is warned to exercise due care in future while booking the goods.