ISLAMABAD: Deputy Collector Customs Adjudication Dr. Wajid Ali issued order to release the seized foreign fabric on payment of duty and taxes leviable thereon, plus a redemption fine equivalent to 30% of the appraised value of seized goods.
According to details, an Order-in-Original passed by deputy collector, in seizure case 145/2017 of foreign origin fabric, it has been mention that foreign origin fabric was recovered from a truck bearing registration No: BSD-633. The owners were identified as Mehboob son of Abdul Aziz and Muhammad Aslam son of Muhammad Siddique residents of Burawala and on demand remained failed to produce any evidence documentary or otherwise.
There were, therefore, reasons to believe that the recovered fabric had been brought into the country in violation of Section 2(s) & 16 of the Customs Act, 1969, the same were, therefore, seized under section 168 of the Customs Act, 1969.
The owners of the fabric pleaded before Deputy Collector Adjudication that they purchased the said cloth from the local market of Rawalpindi valuing Rs290,000 approximately, therefore, they want to release the said cloth at summary adjudication.
Deputy Collector passed the order and said that the respondent has failed to provide valid legal documents regarding lawful import of the aforementioned seized foreign origin fabric. It means that the seized fabric was non-duty paid.
During the hearing of the case, the respondent expressed their willingness to pay duty & taxes on seized fabric. The total appraised value of the seized fabric is Rs283,500, and there are 2 owners of the Cloth which when divided over 2 owners, is less than the statuary limit of Rs1,50,000 therefore keeping in view the aforementioned facts, a lenient view is taken and an option is granted to the rightful owners to redeem the same on payment of duty and taxes leviable thereon plus a redemption fine equivalent to 30% of the appraised value of seized goods.