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M/s Al-Hamra Trading moves SHC against detention of natural raw rubber consignment

M/s Al-Hamra Trading moves SHC against detention of natural raw rubber consignment

KARACHI: M/s Al-Hamra Trading Company approached The Sindh High Court (SHC) against alleged illegal detention of its imported consignment of natural raw rubber RSS on the basis of Valuation Ruling 1092/2017 dated March 18, 2017.

On September 7, 2019, counsel for the petitioner argued that importer has imported a consignment of natural raw rubber SRR and filed goods declaration on transaction value of 1600 per metric ton and on arrival of the goods at Karachi Port, filed goods declaration according with law.

He further argued petitioner is seriously aggrieved and highly prejudiced by the actions of the respondents, who have been denied to accept the declared transaction value of the imported consignment of natural raw rubber RSS and is illegal assessing the duty and taxes on the basis on Valuation Ruling No 1092/ 2017 despite the fact the impugned valuation ruling in not applicable on the imported impugned goods and without prejudice its validity has being beyond the period of 90 days.

He submitted that requested respondents to allow provisional release of the consignment pending the final decision by the director of customs valuation, however, no response to has been given on his application so far the petitioner’s consignments are lying at port incurring heavy port demurrage despite other charges incurring on containers.

Citing chairman Federal Board of Revenue, the Collector of Customs Appraisement West, East and Director, Directorate of Customs Valuation as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare that the denial of declared transaction value under Section 25 (1) of the Customs Act, 1069 is arbitrary and illegal to the Customs Act, 1969.

Importer further pleaded the court may direct the respondents to release the impugned consignments arrived yet to arrive, on way to arrive and shipped on transaction values in terms of Section 25 (1) of the Customs Act, 1969.