KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the Customs Department to file comments on a constitutional petition filed by M/s Akbar Plastic Industries against levy of an anti-dumping duty @ 35.11 percent by the National Tariff Commission.
A two-member bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, heard the petition. During the hearing, counsel for the Customs Department sought time to submit comments, therefore, the court granted time and adjourned the matter for August 2, 2017.
Earlier, counsel for the petitioner stated that it is engaged in the manufacturing and sale of construction material which mainly includes piping systems and other allied products, one of the petitioner’s product is PVC Pipes for which the main raw-material us PVC Resin suspension grade. He informed the court that it imported few consignments of PVC Resin suspension grade while the used as basic raw material for pipes, garden, house, pipe, shoes, cables films, sheets etc.
According to the counsel, petitioner came to know that said respondent initiated an anti-dumping investigation under section 23 of the anti-dumping duties act, 2015, however, without any notice to it and hearing, and allegedly on the basis of some information collected from the exporters, said respondent determined that the import of the investigated products PVC Resin suspension grade has caused material injury to the domestic industry and imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on import of PVC Resin.
Citing Collector of Customs, National Tariff Commission through chairman, chairman Federal Board of Revenue and others as respondents, importer pleaded the court may declare that act of the respondent is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary, court also may set aside impugned imposition.