Cannot go beyond boundary of 10 per cent, rules SHC

KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC ) headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi on Wednesday ruled that Customs department cannot go beyond the boundary of 10 per cent as envisaged in relevant SRO.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Organge Leaf Company which was transshipping a consignment to Afghanistan. The consignment contained mobile phones which had type approval from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The consignment was detained by the ASO Preventive on ground that as the phones have Type Approval, they are meant to be sold, used in Pakistan.
The custom officials issued a show cause to the importer who contended that only 10 per cent of the consignment has type approval which is admissible and hence detention is illegal. As customs refused to release the consignment, petitioner filed the instant petition through Franklin Law Associates.

The bench after hearing the sides in detail ordered release of the consignment holding that customs cannot go beyond the boundary of 10 per cent.

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