SHC adjourns SCRA in a spare parts import case

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Muneeb Akhtar and Justice Abdul Malik Gaddi on Friday adjourned hearing of a Special Customs Reference Appeal (SCRA) filed by Pakistan Customs impugning order of Customs Appellate Tribunal allowing release of spare parts.

The adjournment came due to paucity of time.  Earlier the counsel for respondent Global environment submitted  that the consignment is lying at the port since one and a half year attracting demurrage of rupees 8,000,000.

The dispute pertains to the valuation of old and used gas engines for generators with  standard  accessories while consignment also included used Alternators,, Electric cable, Circuit breakers, electric hoist with a total weight of 22,000 MT.

Pakistan Customs, MCC Port Muhammad Bin Qasim authorities detained the consignment after a dispute over valuation and said under the garb of spare parts for generators, generators were brought in knocked down form which could be re-assembled into a complete generator. The custom authorities alleged that it was an attempt to evade custom duty and taxes.

The custom appellate tribunal ruled in favour od the petitioner after which instant SCRA was filed by the Collector Customs PMBQ. The department was represented by Kashif Nazeer Advocate while respondent importer was represented by Muhammad Shakeel advocate.

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