KARACH: The Directorate General of Customs Valuation has declined the review application filed by M/s Pak foods, Karachi for revising the Customs values of Halal chicken meat as they could not present any convincing arguments against the impugned ruling.

M/s Pak Foods had submitted the prices of Halal chicken meat determined vide Valuation Ruling no.700/2014 were on the higher side and recommended that the Customs values of the goods be fixed at $0.70/KG as against $1.60/KG for skinless whole chicken (frozen) and $2.65 /KG for boneless chicken breast (frozen).

In September 2014, Pakistan Poultry Association, Islamabad filed a reference for determination of Customs value of Imported Halal Chicken Meat (frozen). This prompted an exercise to determine the fair Customs values for Halal Chicken Meat (frozen) and Valuation ruling was issued on November 18, 2014.

A Review Petition was filed by M/s Pak Foods, Karachi against Valuation Ruling No. 700/2014 submitting the Valuation Ruling is on the higher side, the inputs when calculated renders it impossible to import chicken abiding by the said Valuation Ruling. Moreover, no working in the context of section 25 of the Customs Act, 1969, specially with reference to fixation of value under section 25 read with section 25A of the Customs Act, 1969, is unjust and contrary to the provisions of law.

He reiterated that import from China, which are subject to duty and taxes and higher value fixed through Valuation Ruling No 700/2014 will render them out of market and business.

Director General Samaira Naz Khan observed that the issuance of cited ruling was based upon the complaint of under invoicing. As a consequence of exercise under taken by the department, price verification was drawn and after having discussion and input from all the relevant stakeholders, the customs values were determined.

Ms. Khan noted that M/s Pak Foods had been unable to put forward any convincing argument against the impugned ruling and concluded that there was no need to interfere with the Customs values determined in the impugned ruling.