customs have initiated several trade friendly measures which will help them to
save on an average seven thousand rupees in handling a container in the Ports
but the trade have not fully availed of the facilities to make concessions
meaningful. The facilities include cutting down the cost of handling of
containers, 15 days deferred duty payment facility to AEO certified companies
which should help them in rotation of funds.
Mr M Ajit
Kumar Principal Chief Commissioner of customs Chennai was making these
observations while inaugurating the Outreach program on Trade Facilitation
jointly organized by the Chennai Customs and Southern Chapter of the Federation
of Indian Exporters Organization in a city hotel last week.
though the department ญญญญญญญญญ has initiated several measures, including
Direct Port Delivery and Entry, e-sealing, RFID, AEO program. with the
intention of reducing the transaction cost of exports and the dwell time
in the handling of import-export cargo, the trade and industry has not
responded as expected in utilizing them.
department is today using advanced technology for faster clearance of EXIM
cargo. However, unless the industry accepts the changes that are happening and
adopts new technology, it will not benefit, he stressed. He gave the example of
benefit to the trade due to Direct Port Delivery where exporters and importers
can save a minimum of Rs 7,000 per container. Similarly, AEO-certified
companies can defer duty payment up to 15 days. The aim of the department is to
reach at least the 35th ranking in trading across borders from the present
He also informed that Direct Port Delivery will be available only to AEO
operators from April 1, 2019. The facility was provided to all members of the
trade but it did not work out as expected,
the participants, the newly-elected Regional Chairman of FIEO, Mr Israr Ahmed,
said that exports will be difficult in 2019 due to various non-tariff barriers
for Indian products as also the removal of GSP benefits by the US.
uncertainty in the market, buyers across the globe are reducing orders and
hence exporters may be forced to send multiple consignments with limited time
for delivery. Hence, unless exporters come up with a new platform and utilize
the new initiatives of the department, the products cannot be competitive. He
also referred to the IGST pending to exporters due to the claiming of higher
DBK during the period July 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017, EGM errors,
Koka, IRS, Commissioner of Customs, highlighted the various initiatives taken
by her department to clear the IGST refund claims pending due to SB005 and PFMS
error. She added that the Customs Help Desk at FIEO, which is functional in the
2nd week of every month, helps in clearing thousands of shipping bills pending
due to various errors.
about IGST refund pendency, she said that at the Commissionerate of
Chennai Customs, 1,52,899 shipping bills have been filed with claims of
Rs 7,688 crore, of which 1,14,798 shipping bills worth Rs 6,730 crore were
sanctioned on time.
pending shipping bills are due to various issues, including non-transmission
error for a total of 25,539 worth Rs 6,444 crore, SB000 totalling 5,502 worth
Rs 134.83 crore, and SB006 totalling 1,355 worth Rs 19.54 crore.
Meanwhile, 4,551 shipping bills worth Rs 75.343 crore are under rectifiable
errors, which can be sanctioned immediately.
session was attended by 200 leading exporters from Chennai representing
different sectors, including leather, textiles, Pharmaceuticals, Processed Food.