KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed parties to file their comments on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Super China Autos, seeking 20 percent redemption of fine on its consignment of used auto parts scrap under SRO 499 (1)/2009 dated 13/06/2009. A two-member bench was hearing the petition.
Earlier, during the hearing, counsel for the petitioner informed the court that it is engaged in lawful import of autos parts scrap and fulfills all the liabilities according to the law. He said that the petitioner imported a consignment of used auto parts scrap 18.130 MT front cabin/ haft cut HTV/ LTV/ cars without chassis number from Japan and filed Goods Declaration (GDs) according to the law.
According to the counsel, the said items also fall under SRO 499(1)/2009 dated 13/06/2009 subject to 20 redemption fine on customs value as per para 2 © of the said SRO which has been amended subsequently after arrival of consignment on Pakistan vide SRO 563(1)/2017 dated 01/07/2017.
He further argued that importer filed redemption according with law, however, it was refused by Customs Officials without considering facts.
Citing Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Collector of Customs Collectorate Appraisement East, M/s South Aisa Pakistan Terminals Ltd as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare the act of the respondents as illegal, malafide and arbitrary. Counsel also pleaded the court to direct them to release its consignment as per law.