Petitions against Custom Valuation: SHC issues notices for Nov 30

KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Muhammad Humayun Khan on Friday issued notices to the Director General Valuation, Pakistan Customs for Nov 30 in two separate identical petitions.

The first petition (CP-D 6457 of 2016) was filed on behalf of Shazak and Piva enterprises while the another was filed by Amir Brothers. The petitioners were represented by Ghulam Haider Shaikh advocate of Franklin Law Associates.

According to the first petition, the petitioners imported Toilet Soaps from different sources including Malaysia, Indonesia and UAE. The Director, Valuation allegedly in excess of authority enhanced the value of the goods violating provisions of section 25 of the Customs Act 1969.

The bench after perusing the Valuation Ruling and assessment order passed by the respondent issued notices to federal government as well as all the respondents including Collector Customs (Appraisement) West, Director Valuation and Director General, Directorate of Valuation for Nov 30.

The same bench in second petition filed by an importer of underlining (garments) agitating the same ground that Director Valuation has no powers to enhance the valuation, also issued notices for the same date i.e Nov 30.

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