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Supreme Court rejects Centre’s plea, states Traders not to Pay 200% Customs Duty on Imports from Pakistan after Pulwama Attack

Lawstreet Journal 28 Sep 2020 10:41pm

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The Supreme Court rejected the plea of the Centre against the judgement of the Punjab & Haryana Court for holding the judgement of enhanced custom duty from importers. Following the 2019 Pulwama terror attack, the center asked the traders to pay an enhanced custom duty of 200% on imported goods from Pakistan. The Apex Court on Wednesday (September 23,2020) came to the rescue of certain traders on who were asked to pay a high rate of customs duty and ordered the center that they will have to pay the duty under the older tariff who had already presented bills of entry of home consumption before the enhanced rate was notified in e-gazette.

On February 14, 2019, more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a massive terror strike at Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. An explosive-laden vehicle of Ajaish-e-Mohammad terrorists who forcefully rammed down into a bus carrying the security personnel. The central government later issued a notification after the two days of strike on 16 February, under section 8A of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975, introducing a tariff entry by which all goods originating and exported from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was subjected to an enhanced customs duty of 200%.

On 26th August 2019, the High Court of Punjab was hearing a plea of the traders made against the imposition of customs duty by the Centre. The High Court held that as the importers had already presented their bills of entry before the higher rate of… Continue Reading...

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