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Customs procedure for export of cargo in closed containers from ICDs to Bangladesh using inland waterways - Customs - 17/2022

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..... ers from an Inland Container Depot (ICD) to Bangladesh using inland waterways. It has been suggested that goods cleared at an ICD for export may be transported to the gateway port of Kolkata or Haldia by road or rail, and further from the gateway port to Bangladesh utilising the inland waterways route as agreed under the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade (PIWTT) between India and Bangladesh. Recently, in the 'Waterways Conclave 2022' organised by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) in April 2022, several stakeholders had evinced interest in using the inland waterways for exports to Bangladesh. 2. Earlier, with a view to decongest border points, minimize interventions at the border and provide speedier clearance t .....

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..... of the Let Export Order, from ICD to gateway port of Kolkata or Haldia by rail or road; and b) the second leg involves the unloading of cargo from train/truck and further loading on to a barge/vessel at the gateway port of Kolkata or Haldia for final exit/cross over to Bangladesh through LCS Hemnagar using the IBP route. For ensuring secure movement, e-seals shall be used on the containers through the entire journey. Further modalities are explained in the subsequent paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3. 3.2 First leg of the movement from ICD to gateway port of Kolkata or Haldia by road or rail: i) The exporters shall bring goods meant for export to an ICD, and file a Shipping Bill on EDI. For generation of ETP (Export Transhipment Permit), details of K .....

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Customs procedure for export of cargo in closed containers from ICDs to Bangladesh using inland waterways - Customs

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..... ily also follow the extant procedure prescribed for transhipment of export consignments from ICDs to gateway ports. 3.3 Second leg of the movement from gateway port to Bangladesh through LCS using IBP route: vi) At the gateway port, e-Gatepass copy of Shipping Bill shall be presented by the authorised carrier to the Customs officer. vii) Once the containers have been unloaded from the respective carrier (train or truck) for onward loading onto a barge/vessel at the gateway port, the Customs Officer at the port shall first verify the RFID e-seals on all containers, for tampering if any, through RFID reader and only if found in order, endorse the same on the e-Gatepass copy of the Shipping Bill presented by the authorised carrier. In case the .....

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Customs procedure for export of cargo in closed containers from ICDs to Bangladesh using inland waterways - Customs

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..... nd only limited containers (if any) are inaccessible on account of the design/infrastructure limitation of a hold. ix) Where possible after loading, each hold of the Barge/Vessel shall be covered with heavy-duty tarpaulin secured by rope and sealed with RFID seals, and one Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) seal shall also be affixed for real time tracking of the cargo. Where tarpaulin cover on a hold is not possible considering the nature of stacking, one container selected randomly by the Customs officer will be additionally sealed with ECTS seal. The Customs officer at the concerned gateway port (Kolkata / Haldia) shall regularly monitor the movement on ECTS web portal. The authorised carrier shall be responsible for obtaining e-sea .....

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Customs procedure for export of cargo in closed containers from ICDs to Bangladesh using inland waterways - Customs

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..... not conform to the description in any manner, the Customs officer at Hemnagar shall promptly notify the concerned Customs officer at Kolkata or Haldia port of the discrepancy found and thereafter accompany the barge on its return movement to Kolkata or Haldia for further examination. On reaching Kolkata or Haldia port, the containers of the said barge shall be unloaded and examined by the Customs officer of the concerned port. xiv) Based on the border crossing report shared by Customs officer of LCS Hemnagar, the Customs officer at the gate way port (Kolkata / Haldia) shall enter the sailing date in the EDI system for reconciliation of the Export General Manifest (EGM), upon which the bond for safe movement from ICD till LCS Hemnagar shall .....

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