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Consolidation of Cargo

Customs - CBEC s Customs Manual 2015 - 11 - Chapter 11 1. Introduction: 1.1 With the development of a number of ICDs/CFSs in the hinterland, importers and exporters have the option to either get their import/export consignments cleared at the gateway ports or any nearby ICD/CFS. The export goods cleared by Customs at an ICD/CFS are sent in sealed containers to gateway port where these containers are normally allowed to be exported without further examination of the goods. Similarly, imported car .....

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brought to hub ports, where shipping lines used to consolidate the cargo and stuff in containers destination wise. There was thus a demand from exporters, importers, shipping lines, agents and consolidators to allow the re-working of containers at the gateway ports to avoid the extra expenditure incurred for undertaking the same job at the foreign hub ports. 1.3 The facility of re-working containers is now allowed at the gateway ports. Shipping lines can take containers stuffed with LCL export .....

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upervision of Indian agencies. The facility also reduces freight charges for imported LCL cargo as it helps in optimum utilization of container capacity. It also helps in attracting business for Indian ports and developing them as transshipment hubs. 2. Procedure for consolidation of import cargo: 2.1 Broadly, the procedure for consolidation of import cargo at the gateway ports is as follows: (i) On arrival of the LCL cargo meant for ICDs/CFSs, at the gateway port the concerned shipping line fil .....

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o IGM-wise; (iv) After acceptance of sub-IGM by Customs, the LCL cargo ICD/CFS-wise is allowed to be re-stuffed in empty containers. The containers so re-stuffed are sealed by the custodian as per the procedure. The details of the new bottle seal should be indicated in the sub-IGM; (v) For transshipment of re-stuffed LCL cargo in new containers to different ICDs/ CFSs, the concerned shipping line is to follow the procedure laid down in the Goods Imported (Conditions of Transshipment) Regulations .....

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tion and clearance of LCL cargo at the ICD/CFS, the packages opened for Customs examination are sealed by Customs. The shipping line is required to use identification mark on each package, clearly indicating serial number of package, description of goods, total number of packages covered under that particular shipping bill, exporters identity and their own codified identity; (ii) After completion of Customs formalities, the packages are handed over to the custodians along with two transference c .....

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is handed over to shipping lines/ their agents/MTOs/consolidators, etc., who re-work the cargoes received from different ICDs as well as cargo cleared for export at the gateway port or CFSs near the gateway port and re-stuff the cargo in containers destination-wise in presence of Customs; (v) The custodians of the gateway port or CFS near gateway port have to maintain a tally sheet container-wise indicating details of the export consignments, the previous container number, Shipping Bill number, .....

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port or at the CFS where LCL cargo is being consolidated; and (viii) The Drawback is be paid at the inland ICDs/CFSs immediately after the clearance of LCL cargo by Customs without waiting for actual shipment of cargo from the gateway port. 3.2 Jurisdictional Commissioners shall, by issue of suitable standing order allow the movement of containers/ trucks loaded with LCL cargo from one CFS to another CFS under their jurisdiction so as to have optimum utilization of space in a containers/ truck. .....

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er Section 11 of the said Act. Accordingly, international transshipment of imported goods in Full Container Load (FCL) is permitted. Further, as a measure of trade facilitation and to enable Indian ports to act as Transshipment Hubs, transshipment facility for imported goods in Less than Full Container Load (LCL) is permitted at approved places under the jurisdiction of identified Custom Houses. Currently, this facility is provided at Chennai, Cochin, Nhava Sheva, and Tuticorin. 4.2 The followin .....

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er of Customs authorized in this behalf by the Commissioner of Customs, on the basis of manifested details in IGM; (iii) The ITP container details such as container number, broad description of goods etc. shall be mentioned in the IGM. In the electronic manifest, there are fields for specifying (a) Port of destination, and (b) cargo movement code. For cargo movement, there are three codes, which need to be filled correctly with proper port of destination, as follows: (a) LC - Local Cargo: This r .....

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r Empty . The line and the sub-line numbers provide the inter-linkage between the cargo details and the container details. (iv) The unloading of such ITP containers at gateway port would be in presence of Customs Officers. The containers would be taken to approved place / premises under Customs escort. Custodian of such premises would provide a segregated secure space for ITP containers. (v) Customs Officers would examine the seal of the ITP Containers and in case of its tampering, such containe .....

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meant for transshipment to any port outside India as well as consignments for home consumption or transshipment to ICDs. This would necessitate segregation of the two types of cargo at the time of de-stuffing and moving them to respective storage areas under Customs escort. Till such time, sufficient precaution should be taken to avoid duplication/mixing up or manipulation of cargo meant for transshipment/home-consumption. (vii) Whenever the LCL cargo are required to be exported to foreign dest .....

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to be imported in 30 days for purpose of international transshipment and undertake to export transshipment cargo within 30 days or within extended period as Commissioner may allow and follow all the relevant Acts, Rules and Regulations in force. (ix) Custodian would be responsible for safe handling of the LCL cargo and ensure that there is no intermixing of ITP LCL cargo with other cargo. (x) International transshipment of cargo needs to be effected within 30 days of Entry Inward of the importi .....

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