LAHORE: Additional Collector Customs Adjudication Beelamur Ramzan has issued Order-in-Original (ONO) No. 47/2107 declaring seized match crackers as legal.
According to the details, staff of Custom Preventive Anti-Smuggling Organization intercepted two Shahzore vehicles bearing registration no. SLS-08-1350 & LZJ-7031 near Ravi Bridge Shahdara. On query, a person came out from the vehicle bearing registration no: LZJ-7031 and identified himself as Muhammad Abid Raza son of Mohammad Mansha as owner of the goods loaded in the intercepted vehicles. The said owner provided two bill of ladings nos: 5498 and 5500 both dated 6.2.1017 issued by M/s Friends Mini Mazda Transport Service which indicated that the aid cartons were being transported from Faisalabad to Lahore and also depicted the goods as cartons/sacks with sender name Malik Fayyaz and recipient’s name “nil”. During search, the ASO team recovered 195 cartons of foreign origin DUO DUO ® Brand Match Crackers concealed in the local packing.
On demand the owner failed to produce any legal documents regarding possession and transportation of crackers. The ASO team seized the items vide Section 2(kk) of the Customs Act 1969 and forwarded the case to Customs Adjudication for further proceedings.
During proceedings in Customs Adjudication no one appeared from owner side to defend himself despite issuance of many notices. While a superintendent appeared from ASO and told that seized items are prohibited in the country for sale. After hearing the arguments Additional Collector Beelamur Ramzan has issued Order-in-Original in favour of Anti Smuggling Organization by declaring seizure of crackers as legal.