Supreme Court clarifies that only clearance collectorate to assess consignments

KARACHI: Supreme Court of Pakistan has clarified that Customs collectorates would do the assessment of imported consignments while Director Customs Valuation would determine the customs values of importable items.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has granted a clarification sought in an order passed by High Court. Director General Customs Valuation had approached the apex court seeking a clarification to the order passed by Sindh High Court.

SHC in petition filed by Danish Jahangir s/o Jahangir Aslam of M/s Junaid Trading Company had ruled that where valuation ruling is more than 90 days old and an imported had approached Director Valuation, or for revision; fresh consignments of such importers shall be allowed provisional relase by securing the differential amount of duty and taxes. SHC had ordered Director Valuation as well as the collectorates to assess and release the consignments.

SHC had warned that if Director Valuation and or Collectorates defied the instructions, contempt proceedings would be initiated against them.

Since, assessment is not in the ambit of Director Valuation as per Customs Act, 1969; Director General Valuation approached Supreme Court seeking clarification that assessment should be done by the collectorates while Director Valuation will be performing only those functions mandated to the office by the Act.

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