COCHIN- 10/DEC/2014: From March the Customs authority here will complete in two days the purely Customs part of import cargo clearance at the International Container Transshipment Terminal (ICTT) here as part of an overall effort to improve cargo throughput. A press release from Cochin Port Trust said here on Tuesday that the average dwell time for import containers at the ICTT was 15.36 days. Dwell time refers to the time taken for movement of import cargo from the point of its arrival at the terminal to grant of out of charge by the Customs.
The delay experienced at the terminal here is criminal, sources in the Customs here said. While it took four to five days for a consignment to reach Kochi from Dubai, it stayed at the terminal here more than 15 days on an average. Sources said the major problem lay with the free time given to import cargo at the terminal. While other ports offered about 48 hours of free time, Kochi offered seven days, which prompted the importers to be lax with regard to filing of mandatory papers with the Customs for payment of duties and clearance of the cargo.
A joint meeting of officials of the Port Trust and Customs authority here with representatives of importers and exporters using the transshipment terminal decided to review the free period given at the terminal, the press release said. An analysis of the delay by the Customs showed that most of the waiting period for the cargo was taken up for filling in the bill of entry by the importer.