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Cochin Port asserts mandatory use of VCN and IGM link facility at PCS

The use of Vessel Call Number (VCN) and Import General Manifest (IGM) link facility at Port Community System (PCS) has been categorically made mandatory by Cochin Port Trust, according to a release on 29thAugust.

 Issuance of e-DO by shipping lines through PCS is one of the initiatives taken by Ministry of Shipping for Ease of Doing Business. Necessary provision has already been made for issuance of e-DO through PCS.

 Receipt of IGM message from ICEGATE is very critical for issuance of e-DO by shipping lines without which, shipping lines would not be able to issue the same. There is already a provision to link the IGM no with VCN in PCS.

 In order to facilitate issuance of e-DO, all Vessel Operating agents are requested to mandatorily use the VCN &IGM link facility at PCS after it is approved in ICEGATE. The above order takes effect from 1st Sept 2017.

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