Nepal seek­ing port priv­i­leges

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KATHMANDU — Nepal has asked In­dia for trans­ship­ment priv­i­leges and per­mis­sion to use the elec­tronic cargo track­ing sys­tem (ECTS) on Nepal-bound cargo at Kolkata port too.

Nepal has been re­ceiv­ing trans­ship­ment priv­i­leges at Vishakha­p­at­nam port and us­ing the ECTS on cargo dis­patched from there since Au­gust.

Con­tain­ers sent from Vishakha­p­at­nam are trans­ported di­rectly to the Bir­gunj In­land Con­tainer De­pot. This fa­cil­ity is not avail­able for con­sign­ments leav­ing Kolkata port.

The ECTS uses the Global Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem, a satel­lite-based ra­dio nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem, and al­lows the ship­per to keep track of con­sign­ments. Traders have to pay RS4,200 ex­tra per con­tainer to fit the ECTS. But it helps to re­duce the over­all cost of trad­ing since they can avoid pay­ing de­mur­rage and de­ten­tion charges be­cause cargo move­ment is faster.

The ECTS was im­ple­mented as a pi­lot project at Kolkata port last April. The scheme had to be dis­con­tin­ued be­cause In­dian ship­pers were not keen on us­ing it, traders said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of In­dus­try, Com­merce and Sup­plies, a large num­ber of con­tain­ers dis­patched from Kolkata port lack the ECTS and trans­ship­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

Im­porters have to pro­duce let­ters of credit and pa­per­work is­sued by the Depart­ment of Com­merce and the Nepali Con­sulate Gen­eral, among oth­ers, to get cus­toms clear­ance at the In­dian port. No such doc­u­men­ta­tion is needed at Vishakha­p­at­nam port.

“We are re­quest­ing In­dian au­thor­i­ties to pro­vide sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties for cargo at Kolkata port too,” said a min­istry of­fi­cial. “Con­tain­ers leav­ing Vishakha­p­at­nam ar­rive at the Bir­gunj dry port in seven to 10 days, and the ship­ping com­pany as­sumes the re­spon­si­bil­ity to take back the empty con­tain­ers,” he said.

On June 6, 2017, the gov­ern­ments of Nepal and In­dia agreed to pi­lot the use of the ECTS to fa­cil­i­tate traf­fic-in-tran­sit be­tween the two coun­tries on se­lected routes by sign­ing a mem­o­ran­dum of in­tent.

Freight for­warders said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ECTS and trans­ship­ment priv­i­leges at Vishakha­p­at­nam had helped speed up the move­ment of Nepali cargo at Kolkata port too.

“As a large num­ber of Nepal­bound con­tain­ers are be­ing sent through Vishakha­p­at­nam port, it has eased pres­sure at Kolkata port; and cus­toms clear­ance has be­come faster,” said Ra­jan Sharma, for­mer pres­i­dent of the Nepal Freight For­warders As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Sharma, at least 800 Nepal-bound con­sign­ments used to get stuck al­most ev­ery week.

“The num­ber has come down to 200-300 per week, and most of the im­porters are meet­ing the dead­line of 14-21 days turn­around time,” said Sharma. He added that the turn­around time of con­tain­ers had gone up 120 days when the ECTS was not in place.

The Asian De­vel­op­ment Bank, the fi­nancier of the ECTS pro­gramme, has ap­pointed Transe­cur Telem­at­ics, a sub­sidiary of the Bhim­saria Group, to im­ple­ment the sys­tem. Transe­cur Telem­at­ics was se­lected through a global ten­der. — The Kathmandu Post/ANN

In­jured peo­ple re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment yes­ter­day at a lo­cal hos­pi­tal in Herat city, Afghanistan. At least six peo­ple, in­clud­ing an as­sailant, were killed after Tal­iban gun­men at­tacked a po­lice sta­tion in Herat city, cap­i­tal of the western Afghan prov­ince of Herat overnight, a provin­cial gov­ern­ment spokesman said yes­ter­day. — VNA/XIN­HUA Photo

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