SHC orders Collectorate Customs, West to file compliance report

KARACHI: A division bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Arshad Hussain Khan ordered Collectorate of Pakistan Customs, West to submit compliance report by May 17 in a petition filed by petitioner company Uniform Center.

Represented by lawyers from Franklin Law Associates, petitioner company challenged the detention of fabric of Indian origin. According to the counsel for petritioner, it imported a consignment comprising polyster fabric and other. The Customs confiscated 2 per cent of the consignment being in category of banned item (not importable) while 3 percent was released after imposition of fine and penalty. The remaining 95 per cent of the consignment was found to be in accordance with the Goods Declaration (GD) was thus assessed and released.

TheĀ  consignment release was however delayed by PICT on one or another pretext at which the petitioner moved the court through Franklin Law Associates .

When the petition came up for hearing the counsel from law firm iformed the court that order passed on previous hearing was not complied with andĀ  un-necessary delay was being caused resulting in heavy demurrage. PICT was also not in attendance. The bench noting the fact ordered issuance of fresh notices to the PICT asked West Collectorate to submit compliance report by May 17 when further proceedings will be held

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