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Delhi to ease customs delays, fines arising from China virus crisis


THE Indian government has stepped in to ease the pain for beneficial cargo owners (BCOs) of customs clearance delays for Chinese imports caught up in the coronavirus supply chain turmoil, reports IHS media.

Following intervention by various industry groups, the government has issued a directive to India Customs authorities across the country to waive penalties usually levied toward late filing of the shipment data, subject to valid reasoning.

"There is a likelihood of import containers arriving from China being stranded in the port/CFSs [container freight stations] on account of non-receipt of basic import documents by the Indian consignees, resulting in late filing of bills of entry," customs at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) said in a public notice.

"In order to facilitate clearance of the consignments, it is decided that the bills of entry filed late for clearance of import consignments from China will not attract any late fee charges."

JNPT handles the bulk of Indian container freight. Similar advisories have also been issued by customs officials at other Indian ports, according to industry sources.

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