KARACHI: The Member Judicial (II) of Custom Appellate Tribunal (CAT) headed by Member, Technical-II allowing an appeal filed by Messers I.M. Enterprise against detention of a consignment of Dry Copra Coconut ordered immediate un-conditional release.

The CAT judge was hearing an appeal filed by the petitioner company through noted law firm Franklin Law Associates.

The counsel from the law firm submitted that the consignment was detained and seized by the Director of Intelligence & Investigations, Pakistan Customs on allegation of mis-declaration aimed at evading duty and taxes.

The counsel said that consignment was not released despite its status shown as “Assigned for Gate Out” whil the D.I.T has no powers to detain/seize or determine the HS Code or Classification of goods available inside Port.

It was further argued that neither the goods were sent for lab trest nor assistance of an expert was solicited for establishing description of goods.

The Custom Appellate Tribunal after hearing the counsel for Pakistan Customs allowed the appeal, sat aside the redemption fine, penalty and other levies and ordered release of goods immediately and un-conditionally.