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M/s Roch Mars Industries moves SHC against detention of LED TV parts

M/s Roch Mars Industries moves SHC against detention of LED TV parts

KARACHI: M/s Rock Mars Industries Private Limited approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) against detention of a consignment of 81 packages of LED TV parts imported from M/s Rock Mars General Trading LLC, UAE, Dubai.

On 13 September 2019, counsel for the petitioner stated in his constitutional petition that in normal course of business, petitioner imported a consignment of 81 packages of LED TV parts dated 29/07/2019 from M/s Roch Mars General Trading LLC, UAE, Dubai and filed goods declaration.

He submitted that as per normal practice for assessment, different parts of LED TV are classified under respective PCT heading and assessed on the basis of relevant valuation ruling, if any, applicable or as parts of TV under PCT heading 8529.9090 attracting 20% customs duty and 5% RD plus usual taxes.

The complete LED TV sets imported/presented in completely knocked down (CKD) or semi knocked down (SKD) condition are specifically classified under PCT heading 8528.7213 attracting 20% customs duty and 5 percent RD. The LED TV sets imported in complete built up (CBU) condition are classified under PCT heading 8528.7211 attracting 20 percent customs duty and 20 percent RD plus usual taxes.

He further submitted that customs department unlawfully and without jurisdiction intercepted the clearance process and blocked/detained petitioner’s under-reference consignment at gate-out stage through verbal orders without assigning any reason for such arbitrary detention and directorate general of intelligence & investigation customs has no jurisdiction to examine, detain or seize goods lying in the customs area under clearance collectorate’s control before such goods are “out of charged” or “assigned to gate out”.

Citing chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Director Customs Intelligence & Investigation and Collector of Customs Appraisement West as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to direct the respondents to process the petitioner’s consignment strictly in accordance with law.