KARACHI: The in-ordinate delay in hearing of Special Custom Reference Applications (SCRA’s) after their filing and burdening the petitioners of demurrage and detention charges would be taken care of by the Customs Appellate bench of High Court of Sindh which on Tuesday asked counsel for customs to appear prepared on next date to assist the court on the specific delay issue.

The bench comprising Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi and Justice Mahmood A Khan was hearing a petition filed by importer of vehicle which were detained by the custom for having double chasis. The vehicles imported were theĀ  same as declared. We are seeking re-export under section 19 but the custom is delaying the same, Sardar Muhammad Ishaq Advocate submitted before the court.

The customs want to confiscate the vehicle and auction them, what they will get from such exercise, he said praying to the court to allow re-export adding that customs filed SCRA but is not persuing the same to the detriment of the importer. The federal board and Ministry has allowed re-export of such cargo, he said.

The bench said that thousands of importers are facing similar attitude and he is not alone to face this. The bench however adjourning the further proceedings till Dec 12 asked Khalid Rajpar advocate, counsel for Pakistan Customs to come prepared and assist the court that what should be course of action when SCRA remains pending for indefinite period.