KARACHI: M/s Noor Petroleum Associates approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) against detention of its consignment of 250 MT of Chloroform chemical imported in bulk and alleged enhancement of valuation under the garb of valuation ruling no 1311/2018.
On 7 October 2019, counsel for the petitioner stated that petitioner imported consignment of 250 MT of Chloroform chemical in bulk and filed goods declaration according with law and approached the customs department for clearance accordingly, however, he was informed by officer of the customs department that his consignment was blocked/seized due to disputed valuation ruling.
Counsel further argued that customs officials were applying valuation ruling of 1311/2018 dated 12/06/2018 on his consignment and enhancing valuation illegally.
Citing secretary Finance, Customs Collectorate through Chief Collector Preventive Oil Section, Collector of Customs Appraisement West and DG valuation as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court may declare that the impugned valuation ruling no 1311/2018 being relied upon by the customs department does not apply to the consignment of petitioner imported in bulk.
He further pleaded the court may direct them to issue a clarification to the valuation ruling no 1311/ 2018 or alternatively issue a fresh valuation in terms of section 25A of the customs act, 1969, in respect of the chemicals covered by the impugned valuation so as to include all quantities for import of the chemicals, including drum packing, retail and bulk.
Counsel also sought direction for immediately releasing the withheld consignment and issuing a restraining order from taking any coercive action in any manner whatsoever against the petitioner or its consignment in terms of the valuation ruling no 1311/2018.