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One of the biggest nightmares for a liner shipping company is the fear that a cargo destined for an Indian port may be abandoned after landing and that it would not be able to recover the costs. This fear is genuine because abandonment of cargoes has now become rampant. In most cases the problem is associated with low-valued cargoes like waste oil, grease, used rubber tyres, scrap, old packaging material, waste paper, etc. While most of these products are imported for a genuine purpose there are some that may not have sufficient documents to prove they are bonafides.

The law in India is so unclear that the authorities use this, unfortunately, in such a brazen manner that leaves the shipping line owners tearing their hair in despair.

According to the Customs Department, goods that lie uncleared for 30 days in a Customs area (i.e. Major Port or a Non-major port, CFS, ICD etc) may be disposed off. The Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 states that goods that lie uncleared in port (read Major Port) for 60 days may be disposed off. The Tariff Authority for Major Ports (TAMP) permits auctioning of abandoned goods after 75 days. Do not include Mumbai, Kandla and Kolkata because these three ports do not follow TAMP directives. If you go to TAMP and inform that Kolkata, Mumbai and Kandla are not following your directives , it will say - "we are meant to make a law, but cannot force anyone to follow it!!!"

According to a Parliamentary Panel which went into the issue of "longstanding containers" in India (there are about 18500 TEUs of abandoned containers lying in Indian Ports, ICDs, CFSs etc) the method of disposing the longstanding containers was "working well."

According to the procedure of the Customs, four attempts should be made to auction off the cargoes in order to obtain the reserve price. But, if the reserve price is not reached, then the goods can be sold at any price at the fourth auction. Recently, according to the Customs, the auction should be attempted "ten times" and if reserve price is not reached, the goods should be "re-assessed" and auctions re-started . A new "Maritime Agenda" by Customs?

RE-EXPORT (This is same as Import for Re-export)

 


Such type of transaction is processed upon exporting of goods previously imported for re-exportation.


The declarant shall:


1. Submit documents required.
2. Pay the export declaration registration fees.
3. Receive the export declaration and list of exported goods (manifest).
4. Endorse the customs exit/entry certificate by the inspection section for the
goods being re-exported and stamped by customs seal according to the
type of the carrier.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED


1. Original or a copy of the import for re-exports declaration.
2. Commercial invoice showing HS codes.


EX-FREE ZONE IMPORT FOR RE-EXPORT


Sale of goods by a free zone licensee to an importer outside the country operating
under an approved customs system with an approved delivery advice
from the licensee for the purposes of exporting the goods to another country
or customs system excluding GCC States. A deposit amount equivalent to the
total value of the goods shall be collected for such type of transaction except
for duty exemption cases.


THE DECLARATION SHALL:


1. Submit documents required.
2. Pay registration fees and the deposit amount.
3. Receive the customs declaration.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
1. Goods clearing declaration.
2. Approved delivery advice in the name of a licensed company by the Free
Zone licensing Management for the goods and approved by the importer in
3. Import permit from the competent agencies in the event of taking goods
out into the local market.
4. Sale invoice from the free zone licensee addressed to a licensed importer
in the country detailing total quantity, goods description, currency and
detailed total value of each individual item.
5. Detailed packing list as per weight, method of packing and the HS code for
each individual article contained in the shipment.
6. Copy of the commercial license for the free zone company.

 

 

 

 

TRANSIT

 

Transit is  a type of declaration is processed for goods being imported from

outside the country for the benefit of an importer from outside the country

as well addressed in his name or the name of a licensed carrier agent

by a competent authority on behalf of the importer. The goods shall only

be registered, since it is transiting the territories of the country to a final

destination. A deposit amount equivalent to the total value of goods shall be

collected to ensure exit of goods outside the country within 30 days from the

date of the transaction processing.

 

TRANSIT PROCEDURES

 

The declarant shall:

1. Produce the customs representative card upon reporting to customs

offices.

2. Submit the documents required.

3. Pay the deposit accrued to the goods.

4. Collect copies of the declaration (declarant copy, entry point copy and

claims copy).

5. Goods shall be inspected and examined by inspection officers. Goods

shall then be stamped by customs seal, which is to be recorded in the

customs exit/entry certificate so that customs authorities at the port of

exit or entry can endorse such certificate and confirm that goods have

which Dubai Customs can refund the deposit.

 

6. Customs exit/entry certificate.

 

 

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

1. Delivery order from the shipping agent addressed in the name of

the foreign importer or his carrier agent authorized by local licensing

2. Bill of lading (mentioning the expression of transiting the country).

3. Copy of the invoice.

4. Transit permit from the competent agencies for restricted goods.

5. Customs exit/entry certificate.

 

TRANSSHIPMENT

 

Such type of declaration is processed upon arrival of goods in the country’s

port of entry and intended to be transited in cases of ship-shore-ship or air

to air. The declaration shall only be processed by registering such goods due

to their transiting to a final destination without transiting the territories of the

country or leaving the customs zone.

 

TRANSSHIPMENT PROCEDURES

The declarant shall:

1. Submit the documents required.

2. Pay the transshipment registration fees amounting to AED 10.

3. Contact DPA and DNATA to complete other formalities.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Original delivery order from the shipping agent.

 

Copy of the bill of lading.

Importing of Vehicles to Dubai

(Import of new vehicles are the same as any other goods)

1. Import goods declaration.

2. The declarant shall submit the documents required.

3. The declarant shall proceed to the inspection section to obtain a vehicle inspection report.

4. Payment of payable customs duties and inspection.

5. Receive copies of the customs declaration.

6. Payment of vehicle clearance certificate fees amounting to AED 10.

7. Receive the vehicle clearance certificate. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

1. Original delivery order. 2. Original bill of lading. 3. Original approved invoice for new vehicles only or value of used vehicles as estimated by customs valuation officers. 4. Authenticated certificate of origin for new vehicles only. 5. Packing list with the HS codes for new vehicles only. 6. Copy of the commercial license for companies or copy of the passport (other than companies).

 

 

IMPORTING OF USED VEHICLES

Documents required:

1. Delivery order 2. Second copy of the Bill of Lading 3. Inspection report

 

Export

 

DEFINITION:
In economics, an export is any good or commodity, transported from one country to another country in a legitimate way, typically for use in trade. Export
is an important part of international trade. No customs duty is involved if the goods are of locally purchased or locally manufactured.
The sale of goods by a licensed company in the country to an importer outsideexported from local markets or are locally manufactured.

The declarant shall:


1. Submit documents required.
2. Pay the export declaration registration fees.
3. Receive the customs declaration.


DOCUMENTS REQUIRED


1. Instructions of the Declaration of Goods Application (IDG) or an export
declaration approved in the name of a licensed company by a licensing
agency in the country (for airport customs points of entry).
2. Export permit from the competent agencies in the event of exporting
restricted goods.
3. Sale invoice from a licensed company in the country addressed to a company
outside the country or operating under an approved customs system
showing total quantity, description and total and detailed value of each
individual item.
4. Goods clearing declaration.




TEMPORARY EXPORT


Such type of declaration is processed upon exportation of goods for the purposes of maintenance, repair or display in exhibitions or use in projects and
return in the same condition at which they have been exported.

The Declarant Shall:

1. Submit documents required.
2. Pay the temporary export declaration registration fees.
3. Receive the temporary export declaration.
4. The inspection section at the respective customs office shall approve the
goods invoices or list (copy of the customs declaration).


DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
1. Exported goods clearing declaration.
2. Original commercial invoice.
3. Packing list with the HS codes.
4. Original export permit from the competent agencies in the event of exporting
restricted goods.
5. A formal letter from the company requesting temporary export.