In the two years since opening the DPD import clearance process at JNPT port for all registered members of Custom’s ACP program, the share of DPD has shown an increasing trend. According to the update on the port’s website, in February’18 37.15% import containers were cleared via DPD at JNPort and 38.25% at JNPCT.
In order to further increase adaptability of the model and smoothen the process, port authorities have been trying to streamline the DPD clearance process. A notification (Public Notice - 38/2018)“Operationalization of “one time default intimation” to Shipping Lines by DPD importers at JNCH –Reg” published on 9th March, 2018, seems to be a step in that direction.
In the later part of the month, Customs released the process that the importers are to follow for “one time default intimation”. The notification for the same is cited below for your use and reference.
Subject: Procedure to be followed for “one time default intimation” to Shipping Lines by DPD importers at JNCH – Reg.
Attention of the Importers, Exporters, General Trade, Port Terminal Operator, Shipping Lines / Shipping Agents, CFSs coming under the jurisdiction of Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House (JNCH), Nhava Sheva and all other stakeholders is invited to the Public Notice No 36/2018 dated 09.03.2018 regarding operationalization of “one time default intimation” to Shipping Lines by DPD importers at JNCH.
2. In order to relax the norms for advance intimation for “DPD imports” it was decided that instead of requirement to submit such intimation each time before arrival of the vessel, “one time default intimation” may be obtained from DPD importers and submitted to shipping lines through CSLA [firstname.lastname@example.org] so that default stacking code indicated in the said “intimation” can be treated as default stacking code by shipping lines. Accordingly, all the DPD importers of JNCH are advised to submit “one time default intimation” in the format as annexed to the Public Notice No. 36/2018 in the manner as prescribed in the format itself.
3. As per the said Public Notice it was required to endorse a copy of such “one time intimation” to DPD Cell at email@example.com. However, it is being noticed that in pursuance of Public Notice 36/2018 dated 09.03.2018, importers are either sending hard copies of such intimation to CSLA/DPD Cell or sending e-mail intimation only to CSLA without endorsing e-mail copy to DPD Cell.
4.It is being reiterated that DPD importers are required to send “one time default intimation” firstname.lastname@example.org endorsing a copy to DPD Cell email@example.com. It is again being informed that such “one time default intimation”submitted either with incomplete information or submitted without following the procedure as provided under Public Notice No 36/2018 dated 09.03.2018 will not be approved by Customs.
5. On receipt of the copy of such “one-time default intimation” by DPD Cell, should check whether the requisite details are furnished and if found to be in order, will communicate to CSLA (with copy sent to importer / Customs Broker to the same email address) for compliance. Immediately on receipt of such communication from Customs, CSLA will inform to all the shipping lines to take action as provided under Public Notice No 36/2018 dated 09.03.2018 .
6. In case of any difficulty, the specific issue may be brought to the notice of Additional Commissioner in charge of ‘DPD Cell’, NS-III (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Commissioner of Customs (NS-III)