SHC issues notices for Nov 14 in Classification, FTA dispute

KARACHI:  A division bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Muhammad Humayun Khan issued notices to the Customs department for Nov 14 in a petition pertaining to Classification dispute and benefit of FTA.

Ghulam Hyder Shaikh advocate appearing for the petitioners/importers of mobile phone batteries etc submitted that custom valuation rejected the classification claimed by the petitioners/importers. The appellate authority of the Pakistan Customs rejected the classification by the DIT and said instead a third PCT heading applies.

The counsel further maintained that when the petitioner subscribed to opinion and judgment of the departmental appellate authority, benefit under Free trade Agreement was denied to him. The non-application of the FTA was arbitrary, submitted the counsel.

The bench after hearing initial arguments put the Custom officials (DIT) on notice for Nov 14.

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