SHC allows petition by importer of West Point Kitchen items

KARACHI: A customs appellate bench of High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mahmood A Khan on Thursday ordered release of consignments imported by West Point company importing kitchen items including toasters, sandwich makers, juicers, blenders etc from China.

Khawaja Shamsul-Islam advocate appearing for the importer maintained that items imported were not branded one but can be termed of local brand as petitioner is registered as an assembler, makers here in Pakistan with authorities concerned.

He maintained that the custom officials instead of assessing the consignments on the basis of Valuation Ruling are determining duty and taxes on the basis of Valuation Advice which has no legal footing. He showed relevant documents to the court and relied on different judgments to prove that assessment could be made on the basis of VR alone.

The bench after hearing Khawaja Shamsul Islam counsel for petitioner and Masooda Siraj counsel appearing for the Pakistan Customs ordered release of the consignment after assessment on the basis of applicable Valuation Ruling.

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