Now, con­tain­ers can go straight to CFS

Cargo Talk - - Shipping & Ports -

ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Board of Ex­cise & Cus­toms (CBEC) Cir­cu­lar in 2009, di­rect move­ment of con­sign­ments from Gate­way Port to CFS of an­other Cus­toms Sta­tion is not al­lowed. Th­ese are trans­ported first to a ICD and then to the con­nected CFS for phys­i­cal clear­ance. It is only in ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances on ac­count of con­ges­tion etc, the ju­ris­dic­tional Com­mis­sion­ers are em­pow­ered to al­low the move­ment of con­sign­ments from Gate­way Port di­rectly to a CFS of an­other Cus­toms Sta­tion. How­ever, for quite some time the in­dus­try peo­ple are urg­ing for spe­cial the ar­range­ments (i.e ship­ments to be trans­ported di­rect to CFS) to re­duce dwell time and trans­ac­tion cost. Af­ter ex­am­in­ing the mat­ter CBEC, on May 24, an­nounced that there is a jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to al­low the di­rect move­ment of goods from a Gate­way Port to a CFS and vice versa, while at the same time en­sur­ing proper ac­count­abil­ity of the goods to safe­guard rev­enue. Ac­cord­ing to the ex­ist­ing prac­tice, when goods con­signed for an In­land Con­tainer De­pot (ICD) are im­ported at a Gate­way Port, th­ese are trans­ported first to the ICD and then to the con­nected CFS for phys­i­cal clear­ance. The ex­ist­ing re­stric­tion in dis­al­low­ing di­rect move­ment of goods is be­cause the In­dian Cus­tom EDI Sys­tem (ICES) mod­ule, which does not al­low gen­er­a­tion of Sub Man­i­fest Tran­ship­ment Per­mit (SMTP) to al­low the goods move di­rectly from a Gate­way Port to CFS. The Board has now de­cided that mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the ICES should be car­ried out to per­mit the sim­pli­fi­ca­tion of tran­ship­ment. At the gate­way port, Cus­toms shall pre­pare a con­sol­i­dated list of all SMTP gen­er­ated CFS-wise for con­sign­ments bound for an ICD. The goods will move from the gate­way port di­rect to the CFS un­der cover of a bond ac­cepted by the Cus­toms at the Gate­way Port.

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