KARACHI: An appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Munib Akhtar and Justice Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan on Wednesday ordered release of consignments of toilet soaps as per Customs Valuation Ruling.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by Ashraf Traders challenging the enhanced rate of custom duty determined by the Director Valuation. The bench which has issued notices in hundreds of identical petitions and in another dozens ordered release on payment of differential amount between the value declared by the importers and Valuation Ruling, went a step ahead and ordered release of the goods on payment of customs duty as per Valuation Ruling. This order could relief the court of burden of hundreds of identical petitions fixed for hearing on Aug 22 but adjourned due to country wide strike by the lawyers.