SHC orders ware housing of Solar Panels Commerce Ministry, Chairman FBR already on notice

KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh ordered ware housing of a consignment of solar panels as respondent Pakistan Customs sought time to file comments.

The bench on a previous hearing had issued notices to the Ministry of Commerce as well as Chairman, Federal Board of Revenue and other respondents in a petition filed by Zulfiqar Traders, importers of solar panels.

The bench comprising Justice Muhammad Shafi Siddiqui and Justice Mahmood A Khan was hearing counsel from Franklin Law Associates who represented the petitioner company.

The counsel submitted that goods of his client were loaded on 4th June 2019 while banking contract was inked on 26-5-2019 while the Ministry of Commerce as well as Chairman FBR adjourned further proceedings for a date to be fixed later by the office of the court.

As the matter was taken up, the respondent side requested for grant of time to file comments. The counsel for petitioner said that this would cause delay and increase in demurrage and other charges to the detriment of the petitioner/importer and to save the importer from entailing demurrage and other charges, the consignment in dispute be placed in a ware house.

The bench allowed the request while fixing Aug 6 as next date of hearing.

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