KARACHI: Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui of High Court of Sindh (SHC) has ordered Deputy Director, Valuation, Head Quarters to appear in person on March 14.
The bench was hearing a suit filed by M.Z Traders citing Collector Customs, Appraisement, West, Deputy Director Valuation, HQ and Director Valuation as defendants.
According to the plaintiff, they imported a consignment of nail cutters, clippers of low end/unpopular brand and kitchen knives. The plaintiff filed GDs. The Customs Valuation assessed the consignment under a Data Base/Valuation Guideline at a rate of US $ 3.75 per kilogram (Nail Cutters/Clippers) while kitchen knives were assessed at US $ 4.50 per kilogram.
Talal Tariq advocate of Franklin Law Associates appearing for the plaintiffs maintained that Valuation Data Base/Guidelines issued on 5-12-2016 and 6-12-2016 have been issued without any lawful authority and jurisdiction and are also against the judgments of SHC as well as LHR and in similar circumstances certain suits were filed and were disposed of by directing the defendants to re-assess the consignment without being influenced by the such guidelines.
The bench after hearing the counsel for plaintiff ordered issuance of notices to the defendants as well as Deputy Attorney General for March 14 while suspending the operation of impugned Valuation Data Base/Guideline, also ordered them to assess the consignment in terms of section 25 of the Customs Act 1969.