Maritime logistics players openly defy Shipping Ministry order on waiving charges

Maritime logistics players openly defy Shipping Ministry order on waiving charges

As the cash-flow crisis escalates, a government diktat has been publicly questioned by the maritime logistics sector to waive a series of charges to support exporters and importers prevail through a difficult period as the nation tries to combat the virus outbreak. 

The container freight station (CFS) operators have informed the regulatory authorities that they are working in compliance with the guidance provided by the Customs Department under the 2009 Customs Area Regulation on Cargo Handling (HCCAR).

“None of the circulars/guidelines/letters provided by the regulatory bodies have been released under the HCCAR and none of the directives can be considered as ‘regulations’ given by the Customs Department/other HCCAR authorities,” Umesh Grover, General Secretary of the Container Freight Stations Association of India (CFSAI) wrote to Sanjay Sethi, Chairman of Jawaharlal Nehru Port, in a letter dated 23 April.

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