Supreme Court defers hearing of Customs appeal till next session

KARACHI: An appellate bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Maqbool Baqar deferred hearing of an appeal filed by Collector Customs against Horizon Ltd, importer of Grey fabric.

The appellant impugned a judgment by High Court of Sindh which allowed a Special Customs Reference Application (SCRA) and ordered release of the consignment of the respondent importer.

The bench at the outset noted that the respondents filed some documents but these do not include conclusive certificate of origin of imported consignment or master bill of landing.

Ghulam Hyder Sheikh advocate of Franklin Law Associates appearing for the respondent importer said that respondents have not shown bonafide in accepting the origin of the imported goods. He maintained that consignment of Polyester grey Fabric  was imported from UAE and not from banned origin (India) but of China origin.

The customs detained the consignment on ground that no company in China manufacture the goods in dispute.

The apex court bench noted that both the appellant as well as respondent sides are not prepared to assist the court on Section 25, 155, 79, 80 of the Customs Act 1969 read with Import Policy Order 2016 and Public Notice dated August 2007. The bench asking the sides to come prepared deferred further proceedings till next session.

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