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Importers challenge customs values of ceramic & porcelain tiles above 12.5pc in SHC

Importers challenge customs values of ceramic & porcelain tiles above 12.5pc in SHC

KARACHI: M/s Minhas Corporation, M/s Mehdi Tiles, M/s Yousaf Brothers and 25 others importers have moved the Sindh High Court (SHC), challenging determination of customs values of “ceramic and porcelain tiles” over and above 12.5 percent of the valuation ruling no 874/2016 by Director General of Valuation.

According to the details, counsels for M/s Abu Yousaf, M/s Sulehri Brothers, M/s Classic Ceramics (Private) Limited, M/s Minhas Corporation, M/s Mehdi Tiles, M/s Yousaf Brothers, M/s Umer Corporation, M/s Haseeb Traders, M/s Five Stars Trading Company, M/s Artica Ceramics and others stated in their constitutional petition that they are engaged in the lawful business of import and trade goods having description “ceramic and porcelain tiles” and fulfilling all the liabilities according with the law.

According to the petitioners, they had imported consignments of the said goods, however, they were informed by the customs department that Director General, Directorate General of Customs Valuation, Customs House Karachi revised the values of goods under section 25 D. The importers contended that the DG has no jurisdiction to determine the customs values of the subject goods over and above 12.5 percent of the valuation ruling no 874/2016 dated 22/06/2016.

Citing chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Collector of Customs Collectorate West, Collector of Customs Collectorate East, Collector of Customs Collectorate Port Muhammad Bin Qasim and Director General, Directorate General of Customs Valuation, Customs House Karachi as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare that act of the respondents as illegal, mala fide and arbitrary, they also pleaded the court to restrain the customs department from collection of enhanced valuation till final decision of their this petition and any coercive measures against the petitioners.