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SHC calls comments on petition against detention of imported consignments

SHC calls comments on petition against detention of imported consignments

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) directed customs department and deputy attorney general to file their respective para wise comments on a petition filed by M/s A.H Pirani Enterprises and M/s Diamond Impex Corporation against detention of their imported consignments of PVC Tape log rolls due to disputed valuation.

On October 9, 2019, a two-member bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi was hearing the matter.

During the hearing, counsel for the petitioners stated in their petition that during the course of business, they imported PVC Tape log rolls and filed goods declaration according with law.

He further submits that respondent director has the power, under section 25A of the customs act, 1969, to determine the applicable customs value for assessment of any goods or category of goods imported into or exported out of Pakistan after following the methods laid down in section 25.

He argued that respondent director has unlawfully and violation of section 25A of the customs act, 1969 and the customs rules 2001, fixed the values of PVC Tape log rolls vide the subject valuation ruling no 1382/2019 dated 15/07/2019.

He said that the impugned valuation ruling has been issued a violation of article 10A of the constitution of Pakistan, 1973 that grant the right to fair trail, the respondent director has not been provided any opportunity of hearing to the petitioners as well as no hearing notice was issued prior to the issuance of the said impugned valuation ruling, it means that the respondent director has acted in serious violation of article 10A, wherein the constitution of Pakistan, 1973 has given the right to fair trail and due process.

Citing chairman FBR, collector of Customs Appraisement West, Director General of Valuation and Director Valuation as respondents, petitioners pleaded the court to declare that the consignments of PVC Tape log rolls, freely importable goods, imported by the petitioners are liable to be released on a provisional basis until final decision by DG valuation

He further pleaded the court may direct them to assess the imported consignments on a provisional basis and restrain them from taking any coercive action against them till final decision in this petition.