To remove the possible confusion when the scheme is implemented calls for
enactment of a law jointly by the Finance and shipping Ministries. There are
operational problems which are not insurmountable.
example Chennai port has no exclusive coastal berth as yet. So the coastal
containers also get into the terminal handling EXIM cargo. The differences
between the containers carrying coastal and EXIM cargo needs to be earmarked.
coastal container can be painted in a different color. While the coastal
container can be immediately taken out of the port on landing, EXIM Container
will follow the EXIM route for clearance from various governmental agencies
trade in Chennai is also pressing the customs authorities to allow free
movement of empty EXIM Containers from one Indian port to another to carry
customs have allowed such a movement of empty containers through a notification
issued way back in 2001. Ironically, the notification is yet to be implemented.
We have taken up the matter with them and we hope the issue will be sorted out
within a few months.
problem facing coastal shipping is the practice of customs in allowing transshipment
in ports like Mundhra and Krishnapatnam while not providing the same facility
in other ports.
example ports like Chennai, where movement of containers, are electronically
controlled, customs declined to give permission for transshipment. This issue
has been sorted out with Customs. The customs have given the go ahead for Ports
doing manual as well as electronic clearance to conduct transshipment business.
also removes the confusion among the foreign ship operator about different
rules for different ports in the country. However many Indian ports taking up
transshipment business will take away the importance of Colombo Port in the