Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance needed

Lay­ing em­pha­sis on Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance, DIAL and ACFI or­gan­ised an aware­ness pro­gramme. SP Sahu, Com­mis­sioner (Sin­gle Win­dow), Cen­tral Board of Ex­cise & Cus­toms, Depart­ment of Rev­enue, Min­istry of Fi­nance, was in­vited to dis­cuss the know-how of the pr

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Speed, timely de­liv­ery and ef­fi­ciency—th­ese are the three things that Sin­gle Clear­ance Win­dow can bring to busi­nesses. With this aim, Delhi In­ter­na­tional Air­port lim­ited (DIAL) or­gan­ised the con­fer­ence on Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance in the Cap­i­tal. Ex­posed to the global cus­toms sce­nario, Chief Guest SP Sahu, Com­mis­sioner (Sin­gle Win­dow), Cen­tral Board of Ex­cise & Cus­toms, Depart­ment of Rev­enue, Min­istry of Fi­nance says, “Sin­gle win­dow im­ple­men­ta­tion is pri­mar­ily for pro­mot­ing the ease of do­ing busi­ness and it hap­pens in small steps, adding to fur­ther im­prove­ment as we can see DIAL has achieved with many small steps.”

Tak­ing this fur­ther, Sahu adds, “Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures (SOP) and time­lines are re­ally im­por­tant for Cus­tom Clear­ance Fa­cil­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee (CCFC). The pur­pose of CCSC is not to dis­cuss in­di­vid­ual cases but to drive ports and air­port into a cy­cle of con­tin­u­ous in­put where is­sues are taken up, lead­ing to con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment in per­for­mance. All stake­hold­ers are also re­quested to use CCFC to achieve ef­fi­ciency in work.”

The con­fer­ence was di­vided into three seg­ments–pre­sen­ta­tion on Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance and how DIAL moved ahead for EDI im­ple­men­ta­tion at the air­port by MD Kala, Head - Cargo Op­er­a­tions & IT, DIAL; a brief up­date on ACFI by KS Kun­war, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, ACFI and the pre­sen­ta­tion by Sahu.

In his ad­dress, San­jiv Ed­ward, Head–Cargo, DIAL stressed , “Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance is very im­por­tant and the industry is com­mit­ted to­ward this ini­tia­tive.”

“The con­cept is not new, Am­s­ter­dam has been work­ing on this for a long time and has com­pleted few phases, but they are still far away from what would be a sin­gle win­dow con­cept. The ques­tion re­mains, ‘Can we as a com­mu­nity come to­gether and achieve this task along with sup­port from gov­ern­ment and as­so­ci­a­tions like ACFI, IATA, BAR and EICI and show­case In­dia as a coun­try, which has made this con­cept a re­al­ity,” says Ed­ward.

Kala gave an insight into the in­tro­duc­tion of EDI at IGI air­port, EDI-phased de­vel­op­ment at IGIA, im­pact of re­duc­tion in dwell time, ex­port and im­port process, achieve­ments so far and fu­ture ini­tia­tives. “IGI was the first air­port, which made EDI manda­tory and to­day 100% ship­ping bills are elec­tron­i­cally passed from cus­toms to us. All the doc­u­men­ta­tion, which was hap­pen­ing at the counter ear­lier, is now get­ting done elec­tron­i­cally,” he in­forms, “We do not ac­cept cargo if it does not come through EDI.”

“With the nor­mal pro­ce­dure, there was to­tal chaos at the ter­mi­nal and with EDI, it is easy for ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tors as the car­gos gets off-loaded within two hours, bought in and send to the bonded area as com­pared to six to seven hours,” en­light­enes Kala.

Kun­war high­lights that, “This con­cept can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the speed of the move­ments of goods, im­prove busi­ness ef­fi­ciency, re­duce trans­ac­tion cost and en­hance the over­all ser­vice per­for­mance of a coun­try. In the ab­sence of Sin­gle Win­dow sys­tem, the air cargo industry needs to seek clear­ances from each gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tory author­i­ties in the forms of NOC that too in hard copies and then sub­mit to Cus­toms author­i­ties for fi­nal clear­ance of the im­port or ex­port ship­ments. This sit­u­a­tion en­tails de­lay and fi­nally in­creases trans­ac­tion costs in the form of de­mur­rage charges.”

In his pre­sen­ta­tion Sahu in­forms that a Project Man­age­ment Group (PMG) has been cre­ated by the gov­ern­ment, com­pris­ing se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials from the li­cens­ing agen­cies and agen­cies is­su­ing NOCs un­der In­ter Min­is­te­rial Group (IMG) re­spon­si­ble for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this project. The sta­tus of the project is: • Func­tional as­sess­ment and re­quire­ments be­ing fi­nalised • Some fea­tures in de­vel­op­ment • Con­sul­ta­tion with stake­hold­ers and other agen­cies un­der progress

The road ahead

CargoTalk spoke to few industry vet­er­ans to un­der­stand how Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance would help. Ex­cerpts:

Cyrus Kat­gara, Part­ner, Jeena & Co., says, “It will re­duce the dwell time by elim­i­nat­ing man­ual in­ter­face and need to phys­i­cally move doc­u­ments from one place to an­other and wait­ing in queue for rou­tine clear­ances for items in­volv­ing check by drug con­troller and WCCO of­fi­cers. In par­tic­u­lar, it will re­duce dwell time by one day in case of drug con­troller re­lated ship­ments and one to two days in case of WCCO re­lated ship­ments.”

“Mul­ti­ple doc­u­ments to be pre­pared man­u­ally and sub­mit­ted to mul­ti­ple agen­cies se­quen­tially lead­ing to ad­di­tional man­power costs and de­lay in clear­ances, re­sult­ing in higher dwell time and also in­creased costs in terms of de­mur­rage. Air Cargo industry is highly time-sen­si­tive, so ev­ery hour saved in dwell time goes to sup­port busi­nesses,” he adds. When asked about the hin­drances cur­rently freight for­warders are fac­ing, G Balaraju, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Sindhu Cargo high­lighted, “Cur­rently sam­ples have to be for­warded in sealed cov­ers to of­fices or labs of var­i­ous agen­cies or to visit port and air­ports to draw sam­ple with prior ap­point­ment. Co-or­di­na­tion and move­ment of sam­ples and doc­u­ments are ma­jor set­backs. Also, many times, it is dif­fi­cult to get sta­tus of sam­ple tests.”

“We can save 10 per cent of cost and time will get re­duced to 25 per cent with the sin­gle win­dow con­cept,” says R Jayaku­mar, Di­rec­tor, Jayem Lo­gis­tics. “A sin­gle win­dow is an ideal state to bring all stake­hold­ers to a sin­gle IT plat­form, be it banks, car­ri­ers, freight for­warders ports, Cham­ber of Com­merce, cus­toms, in­sur­ance. All th­ese stake­hold­ers work as sep­a­rate blocks.”

Echo­ing sim­i­lar views, Ravin­der Katyal, Di­rec­tor, UTi says, “We can save 50 per cent against the cur­rent cost. Once it gets put into prac­tice, the In­dian air cargo industry will be at par with the rest of the emerg­ing mar­kets or de­vel­oped economies. Time and speed is the

mantra of sin­gle win­dow con­cept.”

Ex­press­ing his thoughts on the cur­rent sce­nario of air cargo industry, Vi­jay Ku­mar, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Ex­press Industry Coun­cil of In­dia, says, “One of the ma­jor de­lays in clear­ance of in­ter­na­tional ship­ments is ab­sence of a Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance. When ship­ments are im­ported or ex­ported, var­i­ous reg­u­la­tory clear­ances are re­quired. Cus­toms can clear only when the NOCs are ob­tained from var­i­ous reg­u­la­tory agen­cies like Drug Con­troller, Wildlife Crime Con­trol. This leads to in­or­di­nate de­lay. In many cases, th­ese reg­u­la­tory bod­ies are sit­u­ated far away from port of clear­ances and due to such de­lays, the trans­ac­tion cost for such ship­ments also goes up sub­stan­tially. The trade has been clam­our­ing for such a sys­tem to be de­vel­oped.”

Com­ment­ing on the need of this con­cept to be im­ple­mented in the coun­try, Sunil Arora, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Delta Air Freight, says, “This con­cept will bring ease in work­ing. To­day we need to con­cen­trate more on how our work can be­come fast, bet­ter and ac­cu­rate be­cause our cost with ref­er­ence to man­power, IT and fol­low­ing pro­ce­dures is sig­nif­i­cant. Sin­gle win­dow is the dire ne­ces­sity

at this mo­ment; if not im­ple­mented very soon, we will lose more time. This con­cept will cre­ate a real world en­vi­ron­ment.”

“Sin­gle Win­dow Clear­ance should be the top pri­or­ity if we are invit­ing big com­pa­nies in our coun­try. They don’t want such kind of hin­drances where clear­ance takes 72 or 60 hours, it has to be quick and fast and this is only pos­si­ble if every­thing is on a sin­gle win­dow. And, the least hu­man in­ter­fer­ence hap­pens, the best it is, the sys­tem should in­ter­act and talk and clear bills,” adds Arora.

“The air cargo lo­gis­tics industry part­ners are al­most ready to par­tic­i­pate in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of In­dian cus­toms Sin­gle Win­dow sys­tem when com­mis­sioned be­cause each and ev­ery cus­tom bro­ker, freight for­warder, cus­to­dian, cargo ter­mi­nal op­er­a­tor and air­lines are al­ready fil­ing cus­toms pa­pers (SB, BE, IGM.EGM) on­line in the Cus­toms EDI Sys­tem ex­cept the few smaller agen­cies, who are us­ing Cus­toms ser­vice cen­ters. The industry is de­pend­ing upon the Sin­gle Win­dow sys­tem de­vel­oped by the gov­ern­ment to be linked with their sys­tem,” stressed Kun­war.

Ac­cord­ing to Kat­gara, “The industry is fully geared to use Sin­gle Win­dow sys­tem. Once the new EDI for­mats are an­nounced, industry would be able to align its soft­ware and hard­ware in­fras­truc­ture within one month.”

Jayku­mar says, “Be­yond IT in­fras­truc­ture, I do not see any other is­sue. There are few IT ven­dors, who have al­ready im­ple­mented the sys­tems abroad, so fast track­ing ex­e­cu­tion in our coun­try is the only is­sue.”

Com­ple­ment­ing Jayku­mar’s views, Ku­mar says, “As and when sin­gle win­dow is rolled out the air cargo and ex­press industry is more than ready to en­sure im­ple­men­ta­tion at the ear­li­est.

In fact, once clear­ances im­prove due to sin­gle win­dow, there would be sub­stan­tial im­prove­ment in space in­fras­truc­ture at ex­press and cargo ter­mi­nals due to faster move­ment of such ship­ments.”

“If ini­tia­tives fall in line and there is will­ing­ness to come for­ward with the re­quired tech­ni­cal and gov­ern­men­tal sup­port, I think within a year’s time, this should be­come re­al­ity, con­nect­ing all ports and air­ports be­cause ma­jor­ity of goods move through sea,” opines Arora.

(L-R) KS Kun­war, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, ACFI, SP Sahu, Com­mis­sioner (Sin­gle Win­dow), Cen­tral Board of Ex­cise & Cus­toms, Depart­ment of Rev­enue, Min­istry of Fi­nance, Pradeep Pan­icker, Pres­i­dent, ACFI, San­jiv Ed­ward, Head - Cargo, DIAL

SP Sahu Com­mis­sioner (Sin­gle Win­dow), CBEC, Depart­ment of Rev­enue, Min­istry of Fi­nance

G Balaraju Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Sindhu Cargo

KS Kun­war Di­rec­tor Gen­eral ACFI

R Jayaku­mar Di­rec­tor Jayem Lo­gis­tics

Vi­jay Ku­mar Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Ex­press Industry Coun­cil of In­dia

Ravin­der Katyal Di­rec­tor UTi

MD Kala Head - Cargo Op­er­a­tions & IT DIAL

San­jiv Ed­ward Head – Cargo DIAL

Cyrus Kat­gara Part­ner Jeena & Co.

Sunil Arora Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Delta Air Freight

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