KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh comprising Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui and Justice Mehmood A Khan on Monday disposed of a number of petitions filed by importers/manufacturers of plastic scrap, plastic items.
The petitioners include M/s Bristol M/s M.R Enterprises, M.S Enterprises, M/s Elysium Corp, M/s Sana Plastic Ind. Pvt Ltd, M/s Premier Plastic Recycling Co., M/s Prime Packages and Saleem Khan Kakar who challenged the detention of their consignments by the authorities of Port Muhammad Bin Qasim on ground that the petitioners/importer do not have manufacturing facility compensating with the quantity they have importer. The petitioners were accused of abuse of a concession under SRO which allows exemption from duty and taxes to a manufacturer.
The bench heard, Umer Farooq, Adnan Motan, Zain Jatoi and Ms Dil Khurram Shaheen advocate representing the petitioners. The bench after a hearing ordered the petitioners to approach the Collector of Appeals or Collector of Port Muhammad Bib Qasim for provisional release of their consignments. The authorities were also ordered to release the items on verification from EPA and IRS confirming that the Sales Tax Registration number is valid.
However in case of Bristol Corporation, the department conceded that their is no issue of manufacturing unit. The counsel for petitioner M/s Bristol it was ordered that in the event, petitioner comes up with EPA Certificate, the stuck up containers would be released.