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.