KARACHI: The provisional release of goods was allowed in yet another petition filed by an importer Shahzad Maqbool through renowned law firm Franklin Law Associates.
The issue involved was enforcement of Section 14(2) of the Custom Act which pertains to demurrage and other charges waived under Delay Detention Certificate.
The counsel from Franklin Law Associates arguing the petition maintained that the High Court has Sindh has decided the matter which has been challenged by the Terminal Operators before Supreme Court of Pakistan and pending decision, the importers are suffering from huge demurrage and detention, port charges.
The bench examined the two judgments passed by it linked to the identical matters and observed that no useful purpose will be achieved if the goods remain under detention at port.
The bench allowed the petition subject to securing of the disputed amount of demurrage and other charges. The bench further ordered that fate of the amount so secured will be linked to the final adjudication by the apex court.