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MANSA slams CBEC for not evolving guidelines on trailer movements at Mumbai Port

 Going against the tide of ease of doing business, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) have imposed significant hardships on the trade due to abrupt halting of landing and loading of trailers at Mumbai port from and to RORO vessel, says a release from MANSA on 8thNov.

 In a letter address to the CBEC, Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Agents Association have pointed out uncertainty and apprehension faced by the trade since September wherein Mumbai Port had held back all 160 trailers landed in their docks. In absence of trailers, which are safe and effective, trade has now resorted to lift on lift off operations for special sensitive precision cargoes.

 It may be recalled that as per public notice in October 2010 such trailers, unlike containers do not leave the port premises throughout their stay. Hence there has been no violation of customs duty as it is not applicable under as per the act, the letter said.


In a recent letter addressed to the director (customs) of CBEC, MANSA said, “Unlike containers, trailers in their entire logistics cycle of import and export never leaves the port premises and remains in the custody of the port within custom bonded area and thus generally are not subjected to duty or guarantee or Bond globally. We await your guidelines for trailers held up at Mumbai port for almost two months now.”


“No object for use of trailers and its declaration was raised by custom authority till date and with this sudden development has led the trade to come to a standstill,” the letter said. Over the past two months, the trade has been incurring substantial financial losses with deferment of exports, as RORO Shipping lines are unable to utilize the trailers lying in port to carry out fresh cargo booking for suitable machinery and project cargo. These shipping lines are also incurring huge storage costs as per Mumbai port tariff for these trailers lying in the port area.


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