OFFICE OF THE CHIEF COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU CUSTOM HOUSE, SHEVA,
TAL. URAN, DIST.
MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF PERMANENT TRADE FACILITATION COMMITTEE HELD ON 08.07.2005 AT 11.00 HRS.
The meeting of Permanent Trade Facilitation Committee of Jawaharlal Nehru Custom House, Nhava Sheva was held on 08.07.2005 at 11.00 hrs in the Conference Hall at 7th Floor of the Custom House. The following members from the Department and the Trade attended the meeting.
01 S/Shree H.O.Tiwari Member
Commissioner of Customs (Export)
02 Najib Shah, Member
Commissioner of Customs (Import)
03 G. Sreenivasa Rao, Member
Joint Commissioner of Customs
(CCO & Imports)
04. S. A.Usmani, Member
Joint Commissioner of Customs (Import)
05. Sanjay Zumbre Member
Joint Commissioner of Customs (Export)
S. Mishra Member Dy.
Commissioner of Customs (Apprg.
07 L. M. SWAMY Member
08 Shri Srinivasan, Member
State Bank of
09. A.K.Dubey Member
10. Thomas Varghese Member
11 R.V. Vishwanath Member
MCFS, CWC Dnd
12. S.M. Salian Member
14 Nimesh Desai Member
15 Capt. Makrand Sardesai Member
16 A.K.Agarwal Member
Manager Balmer Lawrie
17 Major Santosh Singh Member
18 Jacob Thomas Member
19. Prashant Rane Member
20. C.P.Chamola Member
Manager, ULA CFS
21. Capt. Jasbir Singh Member
22. Capt. B. Chakravarty Member
23. Capt. A.K.Bhattacharya Member
Sr. Manager, Maersk
24. V. Padmanabhan Member
Gen. Manager, Sea Bird
25. R.K.Bansal Member
26. K. Radhakrishnan Menon Member
27. V. Abhilash Member
Asst. Manager, Concor
28. J.R.Patil Member
Dy. Manager, JNPT
29. A.K.Hambarde Member
The Chairman welcomed all the members and introduced Shri H.O. Tiwari, who has taken over as Commissioner of Customs (Export) in place of Shri N.K. Bhujbal, thereafter he took up the agenda points of last meeting for confirmation and allowed the house open for questions.
He also informed that it has been longstanding demand of MANSA to create a dummy code for empty container Depots. The issue was examined and dummy code for empty container Depots on the system has been created; Further, as a trade facilitation measure the Import Section of this Custom House would also be working on all Saturdays except second Saturday.
He asked Captain Makrand Sardesai, General Manager (Operations) of NSICT to intimate the present position of congestion, at their terminal to which he informed that at present, the situation is comfortable; that during the previous week two trains were not going to ICD, which caused 180 containers not being lifted every day for almost a week.
Shri Shah also asked JNPT, whether there is any congestion at their terminal to which they replied that the position is comfortable.
Representative of CONCOR informed that 10 more rakes are likely to be introduced for the smooth lifting of containers.
The Commissioner informed that one AO has exclusively been posted in DRT to smoothen the work of CONCOR.
1. Captain Jasbir Singh of MANSA, desired to know whether ICD containers are being picked up for scanning.
It was informed that the ICD containers are not being picked up for scanning.
2. One of the Representatives of the Trade mentioned that the CWC is collecting Rs. 500/- for scanning of containers, which should not be charged.
It was clarified that CWC is provisionally collecting such charges. The issue involves deliberations between various deptt. and Ministry, therefore at the moment, it is not possible to waive the same.
The members of trade agreed to pay the charges, for the time being but requested to review it.
(ACTION – Regional Manager, CWC/ Addl. Commissioner, CSD)
3. Shri Nimesh Desai, representative of BCHAA, submitted that the containers are being scanned as a security measure and therefore they should not be charged. He also submitted that the Airlines are getting baggage of passengers screened but are not charging any thing for such screening. The representative of MANSA submitted that the security measures incur additional costs and therefore it is required to be charged.
It was informed that these charges are recovered provisionally. All the CFS will tie up with CWC for scanning and recovery of such charges and arrive at a comfortable procedure for all concerned.
4. Shri Thomas Varghese of MANSA, submitted that in the Co-ordination Committee Meeting with JNPT, it was proposed that canteen area lying vacant in the port is being developed and refurbished by JNPT. This area can be used for giving LEO to export containers which are Factory Stuffed and for general seal checking of the container entering port.
It was informed that the issue to allow use of the area will be examined by the department.
(Action – Dr. K.N.Raghavan, Addl.Commissioner of Customs, Exports)
5. Shri Nimesh Desai of BCHAA, again raised the issue regarding incorporation of “Self renewal clause” in the bank guarantee in case of Advance licence, as in such cases bank guarantees are valid for 36 months.
Shri G. Sreenivasa Rao, Jt. Commissioner of Customs, informed that the issue is under examination and a decision will be taken in this regard.
(Action – Addl.Commissioner of Customs, Group VII).
6. Capt. Jasbir Singh of MANSA submitted that there is delay in amendment of Shipping Bill in case of shut-out containers. The EGM are therefore required to be amended.
Shri Nimesh Desai informed that once the Shipping Bills are assessed they handover the same to the Shipping Agents for loading the containers on board the ship, so it is their responsibility to get the vessel name, No. of containers amended and if containers are shut out, a separate S/B needs to be filed. Chairman informed that the issue would be examined o check whether the procedure can be further smoothened.
( Addl. Commissioner of Customs-Export)
7. Representative of MANSA raised the issue that in case of ICD bound containers, the documents are being checked at the time of loading and when they reach ICD, such checking is again carried out which involves duplication of the work, therefore checking at the time of loading should be done away with.
The Chairman informed that the issue will be examined.
( Action : Joint Commissioner of Customs,(Import Section))
8. Shri R.C. Sharma of Maersk CFS informed that uncleared scrap containers are lying in CFS for disposal. Such cases are being subjected to adjudication, which causes a lot of difficulty.
It was informed that earlier pre-shipment certificate was required only from war-affected countries. With effect from 25.10.2004, all the imported scrap is required to be accompanied by pre-inspection certificate from agencies specified in Appendix 28 of Handbook of Procedure. In cases, where such certificates are not produced, the cases, whether they relate to war-effected countries or otherwise have to be adjudicated for contravention of provisions of Foreign Trade Policy.
Shri Sharma requested that the distinction should be made in case of containers imported prior and after the 25.10.2004. All the containers of metal scrap should not be subjected to adjudication.
It was informed the issue will be examined.
( Joint Commissioner of Customs, Appraising Gr.IV)
The meeting concluded with thanks to the chair.
( G.SREENIVASA RAO )
Jt. Commissioner of Customs