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SHC seeks reply on petition filed by Mahnoor Food Industries

SHC seeks reply on petition filed by Mahnoor Food Industries

KARACHI: The Sindh Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to Minister of Industries, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Export Processing Zones Authority, Collector of Customs MCC of Exports Port Muhammad Bin Qasim and Deputy attorney general of Pakistan on a constitutional petition filed by Mahnoor Food Industries e.

On 14 October 2021, during the hearing, Zain A Jatoe senior counsel for petitioner appeared before the court and argued that the matter is on urgent basis, therefore, the court may grant his urgent application.

After the hearing, court granted urgent application and passed order that “learned counsel for the petitioner submits that the impugned circular dated Nov 13, 2020 available at page 73 as annexure F is in contradiction to the rule 228 (s) of customs rules 200, as it provides a different criteria and mechanism insofar as production is concerned whereas circular provides a regime of on assessed value of the goods determined by the Pakistan Customs that diminished the 20% quota available to the petitioner by local market. Let notice be issued to respondents as well as DAG”.

Earlier, counsel for the petitioner argued that petitioner is engaged in the trade and exportation of frozen foods and vegetables. Petitioner is aggrieved through impugned circular dated Nov 13, 2020 for collection of impositions apropos 80.20 ratio as to exports aboard and removal of goods to tariff area on the basis of “customs assessed values” instead of “production value”.

Citing Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Export Processing Zones Authority, Collector of Customs Exports Port Muhammad Bin Qasim as respondents, petitioner pleaded the court to declare that act of the respondents is illegal, mala fide and arbitrary and set aside impugned circular.