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Customs Tribunal turns down appeal against judgement of Collector Adjudication

Customs Tribunal turns down appeal against judgement of Collector Adjudication

KARACHI: The Customs Appellate Tribunal Bench-III Karachi rejected an appeal filed by M/s M.J Products International challenging the impugned judgement of the Additional Collector of Customs (Adjudication) Karachi over mis-declaration of Secondary Quality Hot Dipped Galvanized Steel Sheets in Coils.

A member bench, comprising Syed Tanvir Ahmed, Member Technical-III Karachi, heard the appeal and observed in its order that “in view of discussion, the decision of the adjudication authority is upheld and appeal is rejected on the merits of the case.

Earlier, counsel for the appellate stated in its customs appeal that it had imported a consignment from Tianjinxingang (China) declaring it to be prime quality hot dipped galvanized steel sheets in coils weighing 93.421MT in the import documents and filed goods declaration as per law.

According to the appellate, goods were selected for examination and after examination, officials of the Customs Department alleged that it was reported that goods were found to be hot galvanized steel sheets in coil of secondary quality which is liable to customs duty @ 20%. During the hearing, counsel for the Customs Department argued that importers have wilfully and deliberately mis-declared the description and evaded the duty and tax therefore a show cause notice was issued to it.

He informed the court that being aggrieved importer moved the adjudication authority and filed their appeals. However adjudication announced the order in favour of the Customs Department and rejected their appeal.

However during the hearing, counsel for the appellant argued that wrong goods were delivered by China side and it had never mis-declared intentionally. Therefore court may set aside the impugned order, fine and penalty imposed by the customs authorities.