Karachi – Suraiya Ahmad Butt, Chief Collector of Customs Appraisement & Facilitation (South) Karachi has taken serious notice of the inconsistencies and delay in disposal of cases of provisional release.
She said that it has been observed which also lead to litigation and eventually result in adding to the cost of doing business. Therefore, the Chief Collector issued instructions to all the Collectors for timely and uniform process of disposal of Provisional Assessment Cases.
The Chief Collector through its office order dated 20-10-2020 reminded that Section 81 of the Customs Act, 1969, provides for provisional release of imported goods so that the consignments are not held up at ports and delays are avoided. Assistant/ Deputy Collector being the appropriate officer under Customs law is to decide upon requests of provisional assessment.
The order said “In order to ensure expeditious disposal of provisional assessment requests in all the three Collectorates falling in the jurisdiction of Chief Collector, Appraisement & Facilitation (South), it is hereby directed that the appropriate officer, after due scrutiny of the facts/documents produced, shall expeditiously, decide the cases of provisional assessment strictly in accordance with law, i.e. the statutory provisions and the judgments of the Honorable Courts.”
“It is further directed that the Collectors shall ensure that necessary guidance is provided to the assessing officers under their respective administrative control for uniform application of law”, the order added.