Technical snag: Over 100 Exim containers stranded at ICD, Ngp

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Jun 2018 12:30:35



Business Bureau

OVER 100 export and import containers remained stranded at CONCOR’s ICD, Nagpur due to some technical snag developed in the Customs clearing system on Wednesday. Sources said that the technical problem was developed in the Customs Electronic Data Interchange System due to which not a single container of export and import was cleared. There might also be some other fault in the system but officials were scrambling to correct the defect, sources said. BSNL officials, too, were summoned by the ICD, Nagpur, who worked till evening on Wednesday but were unable to correct the fault in the system, sources said.

Already, exporters and importers were facing problem of pendency of containers, now they were confronted with another problem of Customs clearance due to the failure of the system, said one of the city-based carrying and forwarding agents on the condition of anonymity.
He said: “If my container is not able to reach JNPT, Mumbai on the scheduled time, there is a chance that I may miss my vessel and face huge losses or my export order may get cancelled. CONCOR should immediately rectify the problem in the system so that exporters from the region are not disappointed.”

Normally, shipping companies give free detention period to importers. However, if the detention period is over, shipping companies impose detention fee which is USD 100 for a 40-feet container per day plus GST. The importers and exporters, too, have to pay a ground rent for the loaded container which is applied by CONCOR. “It is not only a loss to the importer but a national loss,” he said. For an importer, if he fails to deliver goods (materials) on time to the factory owner, then there would be delay in the payment. Also, it would have an impact on the finished products at the factory itself.
“Whenever there is any problem in the system, it should be resolved immediately as it ultimately affects the Exim business of the region,” he suggested.