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M/s Agroten Traders approaches SHC against detention of consignment imported from KSA

M/s Agroten Traders approaches SHC against detention of consignment imported from KSA

KARACHI: Muhammad Nasir Irshad, proprietor of M/s Agroten Traders has approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) and filed petition against seizing of its imported monoethyllene glycol (MEG) from Saudi Arabia under the garb of VR 1311/2018

On 7 July 2020, counsel for the petitioner stated that petitioner is engaged in the import and supply of monoethyllene glycol (MEG) from Saudi Arabia, through years of hard work, dedication and commitment of excellence, the petitioner has earned substantial goodwill and reputation as a scrupulous concern.

He submitted that petitioner is seriously aggrieved and highly prejudiced by the actions of the respondents, whereby, they are assessing the imported consignment of monoethyllene glycol from Saudi Arabia and demanding duties and taxes on the basis of the valuation ruling no 1311/2018 dated July 12, 2018.

He said that petitioner approached the DG Valuation against said valuing while the application is pending final adjudication, the petitioner has sought provisional release of its consignments until final decision by the DG Valuation, however, the respondents have refused such request, which is impermissible under the law, as a result, the petitioner is coercively and unlawfully being compelled to pay amounts of duties and taxes which are otherwise not leviable, failing which the petitioner is unable to take delivery of its lawfully imported goods.

Citing chairman Federal Board of Revenue, collector of Customs Appraisement East, the Director, Directorate General of Customs Valuation as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare that the importer of goods, is respect of which a valuation ruling/ instrument under section 25A of the customs act, 1969, has been issued and has been challenged before any forum having competent authority, shall have the option of having consignments such goods provisionally assessed and released under section 81 of the customs act, 1969.