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References have been received from various Associations of Trade and also from Ministry of Commerce to allow movement of export goods through containers / trucks from hinterlands to gateway Airports for the purpose of exports by air and also to allow movement of imported cargo in containers / trucks from the airports /ACCs to ICDs/CFSs/Airports etc., In this regard, it has been decided by the Government of India to permit the transhipment of export cargo/import cargo from inland Airport to Gateway Airports or otherwise by Air Taxi Operators in addition to the Airlines either on their own account or on behalf of other International carriers. For this purpose, the procedure laid down as under shall be followed at Hyderabad Airport.

 

OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CENTRAL EXISE
HYDERABAD-II COMMISSIONERATE, BASHEERBAGH HYDERABAD

Public Notice No. 150/99 Date: 19.11.99

Sub: - Customs -Transhipment of Cargo by Private Air Taxi Operations from Inland Airports to Gateway Airports -Permission & Procedure - Regarding

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It is hereby informed that it is has been decided by the Government of India to permit the transhipment of export cargo from inland Airport to Gateway Airports by Air Taxi Operators in addition to Indian Airlines either on their own account or on behalf of other International carriers. For this purpose, the procedure laid down as under shall be followed at Hyderabad Air port.

2. The movement of the Import cargo shall be governed by the

Provisions of Chapter VIII of the Customs Act, 1962 and the Goods Imported (Conditions of Transhipment) Regulations, 1995.

3. Foreign to Local;

Cargo received at Hyderabad Airport from foreign countries for transhipment to inland airports shall be transferred immediately after the break-up operations to special enclosures in the concerned airlines warehouse having double locking arrangement. The concerned airlines bringing the cargo shall provide special enclosures having double locking arrangement i.e., one key with the airline and one key with the Customs, for storage of import cargo meant for transhipment.

4. The airlines bringing the import cargo or their agents shall file transhipment application(CTM) as provided-under section 54 of the Customs Act, 1962. The application shall be prepared I.G.M. wise and destination wise. As provided under the Goods Imported (Conditions of Transhipment) Regulations 1995, a fee of Rs.20/- shall be paid in respect of each application.

5. The application will be presented to the Transhipment Officer who will verify the particulars with the relevant I.G.M., Airway Bill etc. and if he is satisfied with the correctness of the particulars, shall register the same in the CTM Register, and the running serial number of the Register will be allotted to the application and this shall be indicated on all the copies of the application.

6. The application will thereafter be presented to the Superintendent i.e., CTM, who shall ensure, interalia , that the application is duly registered and the T. P. fees have been paid before granting the permission .

7 . The T. P. Officer shall indicate the reference number of the CTM against the relevant entry in the Transhipment Register and date of forwarding the goods , to the Transhipment warehouse of the domestic air carrier. He shall physically verify the goods before they are forwarded. Any damage or tampering of the package shall be reported for further action. He shall retain one copy of the CTM duly acknowledged by the escort officer and the airlines representative and the same shall be filed CTM number-wise in a box file.

8. The packages shall be removed in closed trucks under

Preventive escort during day time between 10 A.M. and 6 P.M. The

merchant overtime fees at the prescribed rate shall be paid by the applicants for the services of the escort officer.

9. On receipt of the packages in the transhipment warehouse of the domestic air carrier, the officer posted in the warehouse shall ensure that the packages' are stored in the transhipment warehouse destination-wise. He shall make necessary entries in the T.P. Register maintained by him. He shall acknowledge on the duplicate copy of the CTM copy. The representative of the domestic air carrier shall also acknowledge the receipt of the goods in the warehouse. The CTM copy duly acknowledged shall be handed over to the Escort Officer who in turn will hand over the same to the transhipment officer of the airlines warehouse from where the packages were removed. The transhipment officer will close the entry in the CTM Register after giving cross reference number of the Register entry of the domestic carriers' transhipment warehouse.

10. The domestic carrier shall prepare sufficient number of copies of the E.G.M. and present to the officer posted in the transhipment warehouse. The officer will assign the E.G.M. number which will be running serial number in the E.G.M. Register. The transhipment cargo will be distinctly manifested as international cargo. The cargo from the transhipment warehouse of the domestic air carrier will be removed and loaded to the aircraft of the domestic air carrier under preventive supervision. The officer will endorse the E.G.M. for having shipped the cargo under his supervision and obtain the acknow1edgment of the domestic carrier' s representative for having received the cargo on board by this aircraft. One copy of the E.G.M. will be retained by the officer and filed E.G.M. number-wise. Two copies of the E.G.M. will be forwarded to the port of destination in a sealed cover addressed to the Assistant Commissioner of Customs at the port of destination through the carrier. The officer shall enter the particulars like the date of shipment, flight number and E.G.M. number against the relevant entry in the transhipment register. At the receiving port, the receipt of the cargo will be acknowledged by the proper officer of Customs by endorsing on the E.G.M. copy and the same will be returned to the port of origin through the same carrier. It would be the responsibility of the domestic carrier to produce the copy of the E.G.M. duly acknowledged by the proper officer at the port of destination within 48 days.

11. The office of the transhipment warehouse of the domestic carrier will closely monitor the receipts of the acknowledged E.G.Ms from the port of destination. If there is delay in the receipt of E.G.Ms, the same shall be brought to the notice of the Superintendent in charge of transhipment warehouse who shall issue necessary demand notice to the domestic carriers within 7 days.

12. The domestic air carrier will execute a bond in terms of the "Goods imported (Conditions of Transhipment) Regulations 1995". It shall be ensured that the value of the transhipped goods in respect of which proof of receipt at the destination is awaited at anytime does not exceed the amount for which bond has been executed by the airlines. For this purpose, the value of the transhipped goods would be the value declared in the airway bill or other documents If no value is declared and the the same cannot be ascribed otherwise, it shall be estimated at the rate of Rs.400/- per Kilogram.

13. On receipt of the E.G.M. copy duly acknowledged by the proper officer at the port of destination, the officer posted in the transhipment warehouse shall close the entry in the E.G.M. register indicating the particulars of the receipt of the E.G.M. copy and the date. The E.G.M. copies received from the other ports shall be filed receiving date-wise. The carrier shall undertake to submit the acknowledged E.G.M. copy within 45 days of transhipment. If the copies are not received or some consignments of an E.G.M. is not accounted for, duty must be demanded from the carrier within 7 days for payment within next 10 days. If the amount is not paid, the bond should be enforced and no transhipment may be allowed by that officer. The proper officer while demanding the duty should bring the consequences of non-payment to their notice.

14. Foreign to Foreign

Immediately after completion of sorting of cargo received on any particular flight, import cargo manifested for transhipment to any foreign destination shall be transferred by the concerned airlines under supervision of the Custom Officer posted in its warehouse to the special enclosure meant for storage of transhipment cargo under double locking arrangements and the particulars of the cargo shall be entered in the prescribed register after its receipt in the storage godown. Before transhipment of any goods Cargo Transfer Manifest shall be presented in Triplicate. One copy of the same will be kept by the I.F.O. of the concerned airlines. In case the cargo is to be transhipped on an aircraft of another carrier which is also handled by a different agent, the other two copies will be sent with the cargo to the carriers, who will carry the goods to foreign destination, where the customs officer will acknowledge the receipt of the cargo his T.P register number and return one copy back to the transferring carrier, on production of .which the officer posted there will close the entry in his T .P. register after giving cross-reference. During the period the cargo is retained in the warehouse of the carrier who has to finally carry the goods to foreign destination it shall be.kept in a separate enclosure having double lock.ing . .arrangement.. The officer incharge of the warehouse of the concerned airline will escort such transhipment cargo and shall ensure that it is loaded on board, the aircraft by which it is to be shipped. He shall make suitable endorsement on the relevant copy of the Bill of transhipment certifying the shipment of the cargo. The entry in the register shall be closed after proof in regard to the export of cargo is furnished by the E.F.D.

15. Local to foreign for transhipment through another airport:

( a ) The shipping Bill received shall be processed and all the particulars . including name of Domestic Carrier, flight number, name of the transhipment airport etc, shall be endorsed in it. The transhipment cargo shall also be entered in a separate export. Transhipment Register, The .carrier shall intimate within 24 hours the details of E.G.M., short shipment or short out, cargo clearly shown in the E.G.M.

(b) The Domestic Carrier shall give a bond to the customs for safe and secure export of the goods from India. The value of the bond shall be approximate value of the goods to the transhipment within two months from the airport and the value of the security shall be decided by the Commissioner. But may not be more than 10% of the Bond amount. The domestic carrier shall also undertake to produce the proof of export within 30 days or such extended time which the proper officer may allow on sufficient reason being .shown.

(c) The Customs freight officer at the originating airport shall retain all the duly endorsed copies of the shipping bills and AR4s and will make final endorsement after proof

d) At the Gateway Airport, the cargo received from the inland airport for export to foreign destinations shall be removed from the transhipment warehouse of the domestic carrier under customs supervisor and stored there separately. The domestic Carrier will present the E.G.M. copies received from the Inland airport in the sealed Cover to the officer posted in the transhipment warehouse who shall register the same in the I.G.M. Register maintained by him and assign the running serial number. A receipt on the copy of the I.G.M at the air port shall be given to the career. The domestic career will prepare the Cargo Transfer manifest which shall be registered in the CTM Register maintained by the officer at the T.P. warehouse of the domestic carrier. After obtaining the permission from the superintendent, the cargo shall be removed from the T.P. warehouse of the domestic carrier to the warehouse of the foreign airlines in closed trucks under customs supervision. After shipment of the goods, the foreinn going carrier will present a copy of the Export Manifest to the officer incharge of the transhipment warehouse of the domestic carrier, who will close the entry in his records by indicating the flight number and date of shipment of the cargo.

(e) Cross reference shall be given on the copy of the I.G.M received from the domestic carrier showing the flight number, export manifest number etc., in which the particular consignment has left the country. The said copy shall be handed over back to the domestic carrier within 7 days of the departure of the cargo. The domestic carrier shall submit this proof of export to Custom Freight officer of airport of origin. On receipt of this proof, the customs freight officer at originating airport shall make endorsements on all copies of shipping bills including EP and AR4s.

(f) If the duly endorsed Export Manifest is not received by Custom Export Freight officer at originating station within 30 days, he shall demand full FOB value of the goods within 7 days as a penalty for failure to perform the undertaking to transship within specified time. The action would be in addition to any other action that may be taken under any other law in force. The penalty demand shall be payable within 10 days. In the event of failure, the bond may be enforced and no shipment may be allowed by that carrier. Assistant Commissioner i/c of all three types of transhipment shall, at random, send details of consignments transferred to the receiving airport to verify whether the cargo has been received at the other end. Such verification shall be too frequent.

  1. Domestic carriers may undertake transhipment on behalf of foreign airlines from the domestic airport to the gateway airport for further transport on the foreign airlines own aircraft. In such cases, if the foreign airlines are willing, the undertaking with bond and security may be taken for them for due export of the cargo from the gateway airport.
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  3. The Superintendent i/c of the transhipment warehouse of the domestic carrier shall inspect the records of the officer posted in the transhipment warehouse at least once a week to ensure that the above instruction are strictly followed and endorses the records in taken of having inspected them.

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(Iype Mathew )
(
Commissioner)

( Issued from file C. No .S/26/MISC/78/99-Cus (T). )

 

OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND CENTRAL EXCISE
HYDERABAD II COMMISSIONERATE
LAL BAHADUR STADIUM ROAD : BASHEERBAGH : HYDERABAD-500 004

PUBLIC NOTICE NO.121/2000-CUS(T) Dated : 13.09.2000.

Sub:- Consolidation of Cargo at gateway port - Procedure - Reg.

Copy of Board's Circular No.67/2000-Cus, dt. 17.8.2000 issued in F.No.450/118/99-Cus.IV on the above subject is communicated herewith for information / guidance and necessary action.

The contents of this Public Notice may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

The receipt of the Public Notice may be acknowledged by all the Dy./ Asst. Commissioners in the Commissionerate

Encl: As above

(SREELA GHOSH
ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER (CUS)


(Issued from file C.No.S/2Misc/16/2000-Cus (T))
(Authority: F.No.450/118/99-Cus.IV)

To
AsperDistributJopListNo. II

COPY OF CIRCULAR NO.67/2000-CUS.. DATED 17.8.2000

Sub:- As above.

I am directed to invite your attention to the Board's circular No.55/2000-Cus., dated 30TH June, 2000 on above mentioned subject. The said circular was issued to create HUBs near gateway ports where the LCL cargo brought from various ICDs/CFSs will be reworked and thereafter sent to various destinations directly. In regard to the procedure contained in the said circular following further suggestions have been received -

a) The said circular allows only shipping lines for the purpose of LCL consolidation. It has been suggested that to facilitate trade the words "shipping lines" should be substituted with the words "shipping lines/their agents/MTOs/NVOCCS/ freight forwarders/ consolidators etc." to allow these agencies to undertake LCL consolidation.

b) The custodians of lCDs do not own containers and they generally take containers on lease basis. Therefore, the use of leased containers for carriage of TCL cargo to gateway hub should be allowed.

c) The circular does not allow stuffing of LCL cargo cleared by Customs in local port/CFS or other CFSs near gateway port in the containers in which cargo received from, inland ICDs / CFSs are to be re-stuffed. It has been suggested to allow stuffing of such locally cleared LCL cargo with the reworked cargo received from the inland ICDs/CFSs.

2. The above said suggestions have been examined and it has been decided to make following amendments in the said circular -

i) The words "shipping lines" in the said circular shall be substituted with the words

"shipping lines / their agents / MTOs / NVOCCS / freight forwarders & consolidators."

ii) In regard to clause (vi) of the said Circular, custodian shall be allowed to use containers owned by them as well as containers taken by them on lease basis for carriage of LCL cargo from ICDs to gateway hum.

iii) After clause xii of the para 3 of the said circular, following clause shall be inserted -

"(xiii) The LCL cargo cleared at gateway port or some CFS near gateway port shall be allowed to be stuffed in the containers in which the cargo received from inland ICDs/CFSs are re-stuffed. The LCL cargo after examination and let export order by Customs at gateway port or some CFS near gateway port shall move from the shed to LCL HUB area under the cover of shipping bills. The custodian shall maintain details of such locally cleared LCL cargo in the same manner as contained in clause (viii) above for goods received from inland ICDs/CFSs except to the extent that instead of ICD of origin' and 'old container number' the 'name of local CFS or shed number' and 'Local Cargo' respectively shall be indicated."

Yours faithfully,

(RAJENDRA SINGH)

UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OK CUSTOMS AND CENTRAL EXCISE

HYDERABAD II COMM1SSIONERATE

LAL BAHADUR STADIUM ROAD : BASHEERBAGH : HYDERABAD-500004

 

Public Notice No.99/2000-Cus (T)
Sub: Consolidation of cargo at gateway port - procedure - Regarding.

Copy of Board's Circular No.55/2000-Customs, dt. 30.6,2000 issued in F.No.450/113/99- Cus.IV on the above subject is communicated herewith for information guidance and necessary action.

The contents of this Public Notice may be brought to the notice of all concerned.

The receipt of the Public Notice may be acknowledged by all the Asst. Commissioners in

the Commissionerate.

 

Encl: As above.

 

SREELA GHOSH
ADDITIONAL COMMISSIONER(CUS)

 

 

(Issued from file C.No.S/2/Misc/16/2000-Cus.T)
(Authority : F.No.450/118/99-Cus.IV)

To
As per Distribution list No.II

COPY OF CIRCULAR NO.55/2000-CUS , DATED 30.06.2000

Sub: As above.

A number of representations has been received from trade and industry for allowing consolidation/reworking of LCL cargo at gateway ports or at CFSs near gateway ports, for further despatch to the destination ports. The proposal is to create HUBs near gateway ports where the LCL cargo brought from various ICDs/CFSs will be reworked and thereafter sent to various destinations directly. It has been stated that at present, the LCL cargos accepted by the shipping lines at hinterland ICDs/CFSs are reworked at transhipment hubs i.e Singapore, Dubai etc., which adds to the overall cost thus making Indian exports uncompetitive in international market. Creation of similar facilities in India would therefore help promote our exports. Major advantages to the country are stated to be savings in foreign exchange due to substantial reduction in freight charges incurred by shippers, better handling and safer delivery of cargo as the activity takes place under the supervision of Indian agencies, additional traffic generated at gateway ports in terms of UEUs and reduction of transit time

(2) Presently, as per Circular No.57/98-Cus., dated 4.8.98, movement of LCL export cargo from inland ICDs/CESs to gateway port is permitted by bonded trucks. Such LCL cargoes are permitted to be further consolidated at gateway ports. But there is no system whereby LCL cargo can be congregated/consolidated at inland ICDs/CFSs and carried to the HUB point for re-packing (carrier-wise) into separate containers as cargo. At present, containers once cleared and sealed at inland ICDs/CFSs are not allowed to be reopened and networked at gateway ports. Due to non-availability of this facility exporters incur extra expenditure in exporting their LCL cargo. Ministry of Commerce has recommended the proposal of trade and has stated that consolidation of LCL cargo at IDSs/CFSs Ports would help promote the growth of containerization from the hinterland and would also make the transportation cost effective to smaller players engaged in foreign trade. Further, it will be an important step in upgrading our infrastructure abilities.

(3) The matter has been examined by the Board and it has been decided to allowed the facility of congregation assimilation of LCL cargo at the inland ICDs/CFSs movement of this cargo from ICDs / CFSs to HUB points for further reworking and exports to destination ports. The procedure to be followed in this regard shall be as follows:

i) The custodians of ICDs&CFSs would permit shipping lines to accept LCL cargo from the exporters and allot nominated space at their ICDs/CFSs for storage, examination and consolidation of such cargo.

ii) The exporter shall be given a choice of indicating the shipping line to be used for shipment of his consignment or leave it to the custodian. The Custodian shall nominate the shipping line destination wise where such choice has been left to the custodian.

iii) The consignment of one shipping bill should not be allowed to be moved in part.

iv) Alter examination and clearance of LCL cargo, the packages opened for customs examination shall be sealed by Customs. The shipping lines will use identification mark in each package clearly indicating serial number of packages, description of the goods and the total number of packages covered under that particular shipping bill, exporters identify and their own codified identity. As far as possible, all the shipping lines will use such identification marks in different colours, so that these can be easily identified.

 

v) After completion of the Customs formalities, the packages would be handed over by the Customs to the custodian along with two transference copies of Shipping Bill, certified copy of invoice, packing list and other documents in sealed cover. The concerned shipping line will issue the Bill of Lading, a copy of which will be handed over to the custodian.

vi) The custodian would consolidate the cargo irrespective of the shipping lines and transport the same in their containers, which will be stuffed and sealed in the presence of Customs. The container movement will be organised by the custodians either by rail and/or road depending on the availability of services.

vii) At the gateway port, or some CFS near gateway port, both the transference copies of shipping bill would be presented by the custodian's representative to the proper officer of Customs who would verify the genuineness of documents and check the marks and numbers of individual packages. The customs officer would inspect the packages and endorse the transference copies of shipping bill and AR-4 in the following manner, "inspected and found in order". The custodian would hand over the cargo to respective shipping lines / steamer agents. Such packages received from inland ICDs / CFSs would be stuffed in containers by shipping lines in the presence of Customs.

viii) The custodian of the gateway port or CFS near gateway port would maintain a tally sheet container-wise, giving details of the export consignments, the previous container no., Shipping Bill No, AR-4 No. and the details of new container, in which goods have been restuffed. After the reworking/restuffing of the containers, tally sheet should be signed by the representatives of the custodians of the CFS and shipping line as well as by the supervising Customs Officers.

ix) After signing the tally sheet the Customs officer would indicate the container number in which such cargoes are stuffed on both the transference copies of shipping bill and AR-4, and retain one copy of such shipping bill. The other transference copy would be returned to ICD/CFS from which the container originated.

x) Custodians would, thereafter use the same containers to bring back LCL imports to various ICDs and make arrangements to deliver these consignments to the consignees.

(xi) As earlier, the drawback would be paid at the inland ICDs/CFSs immediately after the clearance of LCL cargo by Customs at inland ICDs/CFSs without waiting for actual shipment of cargo from the gateway port.

xii) The LCL cargoes cleared by Customs at inland ICDs/CFSs under the scheme would not be subject to examination by Customs at the gateway port or at the CFS where LCL cargoes are allowed to be consolidated, unless the seals are found tampered with or there is specific intelligence, the orders from Assistant Commissioner /Deputy Commissioner giving the reason may be obtained before examining the said consignment.

 

 

Yours faithfully,

Sd/-

(RAJENDRA SINGH)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

 

 

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