KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed customs officials to submit their detailed and comprehensive reply on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Teltonika Pakistan Limited seeking release order for its imported consignment comprising vehicle trackers.
On 15 June 2020, a two-member bench heard the matter and directed them to submit their para wise comments.
During the hearing, counsel for the petitioner submitted that petitioner is lawfully engaged in the import of vehicles trackers and other goods and always fulfills all the legal formalities according with law and during the course of business, petitioner has imported a consignment comprising vehicles trackers and filed goods declaration according the law.
He further submitted that petitioner came to know that its imported consignment has been stopped by the customs officials due to disputed valuation, he argued that in absence of valuation ruling without resorting to sequential methods of valuation ruling as periods under section 25 of customs act, imported various equipment including vehicle trackers devices at unit US$14 & US$ 20/pc.
He further argued that petitioner approached the customs officials and appealed them for release of its imported consignment, however, they refused petitioner’s request.
Citing secretary finance, collector of Customs JIAP Karachi, Deputy Collector of Customs Processing Air Fright Unit (AFU) as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court may declare that act of the respondents is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary.
He further pleaded the court to direct them to release his consignment immediately on provisional release as bank guarantee and restrain them from taking any coercive action against the petitioner till final order in this case.