Port Wings News Network:
Mumbai Port Trust will examine the request put forth by the ship agents fraternity on MAFI trailers to be treated on par with transshipment and charges be levied with additional free days as per customs classification.
As per prevailing norms, such cargo is entitled to seven free days without any wharfage for all ship agents. However, Mumbai Port is providing only for three free days without charge and wharfage is also being levied.
Speaking at an interactive session organized by Mumbai and Nhava Sheva Ship Agents Association, Mumbai Port Trust, Traffic Manager, AK Bose said, “The requests will be examined and taken up appropriately at board level, if necessary.”
Earlier, MANSA, Vice-President, Mr Hiren Ved appraised Mr Bose about the issues faced by the ship agents and requested that the Heavy lift charges shouldn’t be levied on packages weighing more than thirty metric tons.
It may be recalled that in November last year, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) had imposed significant hardships on the trade due to abrupt halting of landing and loading of trailers at Mumbai port from and to RORO vessel. As a result, Mumbai Port had then held back all 160 trailers landed in their docks.
Later, speaking at the interactive session, Mr Bose highlighted the three reforms carried by Mumbai Port including deployment of private manpower, introduction of 24 hour working and manning and rationlisation of gangs.
“Port users have been benefited by grants of 50% rebate on stevedores’ charges, when they use private Manpower. The manning scale of shore gangs has been reduced and thereby frequent shortage of labour has been tackled,” Mr Bose said.
He further listed a number of initiatives during the current year for implementation such as Port Community System, Electronic Delivery Order (e-DO), Access Control System (ACS) and cruise tourism.
A number of future plans in the pipeline have been initiated further for implementation to suit the changed traffic flow and the trends as obtained, Bose added, who was joined by other officials from the port including Gautam Dey and RN Shaikh.