Coronavirus pandemic has offered an opportunity for Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru in cargo handling. The air terminal had handled 34,339 tons of cargo movement in October 2020, recording a 26-month high in weight.
Most of the shipping carriers that wanted to capitalize on the most attractive trade routes are unfortunately returning empty cargo containers to Asia. This is contributing to increasing freight rates.
At the port of Colombo, a backlog of 50,000 teu is creating chaos for South Asian transshipment cargo.
The three significant ports in and around Chennai raised level 6 warning signals and shut their entryways for operations as Chennai prepares for Cyclone Nivar which is expected to make landfall on Wednesday.
Hapag-Lloyd informs that that Chinese legislators passed the Export Control Law is likely to come into force from 1st December 2020.
Starting from 4th January 2021, eManifest house bills has to be used in lieu of supplementaries for Imports into Canada as per customs notice 20-28. A 6-month period of informed compliance will start as of this date, thereafter non-compliant shipments may receive penalties.
Because of the request made by the domestic industry, M/s Reliance Industries Limited and under the provisions of Rule 14(a) of the Rules the Authority hereby terminates the investigation initiated on 9th December 2019 vide notification No.6/29/2019- DGTR and as modified by the notification dated 6th April 2020 vide notification No. 6/29/2019- DGTR against the imports of 'Mono Ethylene Glycol (MEG or Ethylene Glycol) from Kuwait, Oman, Singapore and UAE.
Designated Authority has scheduled an oral hearing regarding Anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of “Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET Resin)” originated or exported from China PR on 04.12.2020 at 16.00 Hrs. (IST) through Digital Video Conference.
CHEMEXCIL in association with High Commission of India, Maputo & Confederation of Business Associations of Mozambique (CTA) is organizing its first-ever “Virtual B2B Meeting – Mozambique” on 10th December 2020.
The extended time for filling questionnaire response in Anti-Subsidy Investigation concerning imports of Copper Tubes and Pipes from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam is up to 10.12.2020.
As per Madras High Court’s statement, custom duty is applicable on every re-export of imported goods that are exported over a period of 12 months.
Groundnut export journey continues to be in the upward journey by clocking a growth of 19% in terms of volume followed by good demand in the international market.
Freight and passenger railways services resumed in Punjab after two-month hiatus. Concerned authorities will begin shipping food grains in goods trains from the godowns to other states.
On 20.11.2020 Container Corporation of India Ltd. (Concor) has flagged off first Container Train for ICD Barhi from ex-Mundra with 90 containers.
Last week FSSAI, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India asked for GM-free certification for importing select food items from a competent authority in the country shipping them. Regarding this, the UK has asked India to postpone mandatory GM-free certification for food imports.
China fears that Covid strains could enter the country through frozen food imports. China had upped its checks on reefer shipments, leading to substantial delays at a number of ports and a raft of surcharges coming in from liners.
Shanghai's Pudong Airport purportedly descended into bedlam on Sunday night after two cargo handlers tested positive for covid-19, and went into lockdown as almost 18,000 other staff were tested.
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Vessel diversions eased congestion at the UK’s container port hubs this week; however, much of the cargo discharged at Rotterdam, Antwerp and Zeebrugge will brawl to reach vital Christmas markets.
Port congestion in Conakry, Republic of Guinea is further increasing. CMA CGM will be implementing the Emergency Port Congestion Surcharge [PCS] on worldwide cargo bound for Conakry until further notice. Effective from 10th November, 2020.
Sugar mills have agreed upon export agreements without the support of government subsidies. This has happened for the first time in three years.
Experts have stated that there is an urgent need for BIS standard for Aluminium Scrap to address the quality issue and environment and safety concerns.
Indian railway officials did inspections of the tracks in Punjab on Sunday after farmer’s group accepted to suspend their “rail roko” protests against the Centre’s new farm laws.
Cyclone Nivar is likely to make landfall in Chennai on Wednesday noon or afternoon. The city will most likely experience heavy to very heavy rainfall.
Maersk has recently announced that they plan to hike its import haulage tariff for the UK and Ireland on 1st January 2021, as freight rates continue to increase by unbelievable amounts.
Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Ghana has announced a ban on the importation of poultry feed, poultry products, frozen chicken, hatching eggs, and day-old chicks with immediate effect.
Los Angeles/Long Beach terminals have 13 ships at anchor awaiting berths in LAX/LGB as of 20th November 2020. Rail has a shortage of railcars that initially affected the inland transportation transit time to all main inland ramps. High demand has affected overall trucker availability and the industry facing a general trucker shortage. However, NY terminals continue to struggle with higher import volumes, high empty inventories, and increased dwell times.
Customers are requested to forward the Cargo Summary Notification (CSN)/ Primary Cargo Identification No. (PCIN) to the side to file the arrival and departure manifest in the SCMTR testing environment
On Saturday, Indian Railways have confirmed that they will resume goods and passengers train services in Punjab soon following the state government's statement that the tracks were clear for operations and hours after the protesting farmers decided to allow the services to operate.
Concor rakes regularity has upsurged for ICD Barhi, Ex-Pipavav port. Concor consolidates export boxes from ICD Barhi at its Khatuwas Transshipment Hub and moves in double stack trains to Pipavav port.
Vulnerability over the schedule of feeder vessels that come to Thoothukudi and Kochi ports from Coimbatore region for the last few weeks has hit exports and imports.
Robert Keen, British International Freight Association Director-General stated that freight forwarders and the shippers they work for are staggering from out of line demurrage expenses connected to congestion in ports from all over the world.
India seems to have strong reasons to walk out of the RCEP deal, but trade agreements cannot be wished entirely away. The External Affairs Minister has used ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ as a reason to move away from trade deals.
With the second wave of Covid-19, uncertainly seems to be looming over readymade garment exporters in the northern region of many European countries as impose of lockdown may happen again.
CII in collaboration with CHEMEXCIL is organizing the third edition of Indian Chemical & Petrochemical Conference (ICPC) 2020 – Orbit Shifting for Global Scale and Reach: Unleashing Sustainable Growth & Investment scheduled for 23-25 November 2020, coinciding with the Chemicals & Petrochemicals Expo (23-29 November 2020).
Concerning the eligibility of the duty exemption, reference is invited to Board CircularsNo.69/2002-Customs dated 25th October, 2002 and No.73/2002-Customs, dated 7th November, 2002. These said circulars clarify that “As per the meanings assigned to the words `durable` and `container` in various dictionaries, it would appear that any goods (containers) used for packaging or transporting other goods, and capable of being used several times, would fall in the category of `containers of durable nature".
MPEDA, the Marine Products Export Development Authority, which is exporting a lot of seafood products to multiple counties all over the globe, is now planning to boost its exports by promoting young entrepreneurs in the trade.
Union steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan has stated that Centre is not ruling out the chances of a ban on iron ore export following crisis of ore in domestic market.
India has imposed anti-dumping fees on polystyrene (PS) imports from UAE, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore and the US. The duties will be applicable on every PS, except for imports of expandable PS.
UK trade will not have an easy exit from the European Union as ports that require physical changes are left hanging on responses for government tenders to build new infrastructure.
Government of India is concerned about the unabated imports of substandard products, particularly from China. This is why the government has firmed up its technical regulations for 150 products. As informed by the official sources.
China fears that Covid-19 stains could enter the country through frozen food imports. China has started upping its checks on reefer shipments. This, in return, is leading to considerable delays at different ports.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recognized the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) as an element of the World-Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS) for operation in the Indian Ocean Region.
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is equipping to make a move over the prickly issue of port congestion and runaway demurrage expenses being charged to freight forwarders, truckers, and shippers in US ports.
The COVID test procedures in regards to import reefer cargo are decelerating the operations in the port of XINGANG (CHINA). Consequently where it is not possible to discharge some, or all, reefer containers, MSC has no option but to apply clause 19 of our Bill of Lading and Sea Waybill Terms and Conditions.
Under the terms of the Northern Ireland Protocol special consideration has been made to protect Northern Ireland cargo because of its soft border with the Republic of Ireland. Under this agreement Northern Ireland remains part of the European Customs Union.
Across all ports in China, NAT (Nucleic Acid Testing) inspection and disinfection necessities may become more recurrent and strict on reefer imports. This could ultimately lead to delays in customs clearance and release of reefer imports, which may trigger a possible congestion in ports where supply of reefer plugs start to run tight.
India had withdrawn from the RCEP in November 2019, worried about the size of its shortfalls. The tensions with China regarding Ladakh have likewise become a factor; however, India has been given the choice of joining later.
Cash section of Air cargo complex is the single point of contact for the deposit of all government dues, viz, duty, fine, penalty, interest, the surrender of drawback/refund amount and interest thereon and other miscellaneous charges. Separate copies of challans presently being used for different heads are being replaced by a single copy. Concerned depositors should properly fill all relevant entries in the manual challans.
Egypt is the second-largest Indian buffalo meat market. However, it has stopped all the imports since pesticide traces were found. As per the trade, the Indian embassy in Egypt has already taken up this issue with the concerned authorities in Cairo.
FSSAI, The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has contacted authorities’ officers and has written to them to facilitate the import clearance of pulses on an urgent basis.
Hapag-Lloyd shares an update that based on their latest development, they don’t see much improvement in the situation at London Gateway. Hapag-Lloyd is underway to manage the situation.
Based on the new notification shared by Hapag-Lloyd, all reefer shipments to Tianjin must complete an inspection and test for COVID-19 before release. Because of this, all related inbound operations as well as container pickup activities, have been severely impacted. Hapag-Llyod has offered a few options related to customers’ cargos.
EEIR platform has been launched in Shanghai so that the overall process becomes more transparent and efficient. After a booking is confirmed, booking data will get transferred to Easipass directly, and appointed trucker can get the EEIR for the empty container to pick up with the B/L Number listed in the booking confirmation.
VC meeting under the Chairmanship of Shri Sanjay Chadha, Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce will be held on 24.11.2020 to discuss export related issues of the identified sectors viz, available opportunity in the Korea RP, measures against Non-Tariff Barriers imposed by Korea RP, etc.
The extended date for exporter’s/importer’s/ user's questionnaire response in Anti-Dumping Investigation concerning imports of ‘Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)’ is 27/12/2020.
The anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall remain in force up to and inclusive of 31st January, 2021, unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier.
With public sectors standing up to a heap of debt, the fiscal should be under control over post-COVID across a few emerging markets. Further, COVID is prone to emphasize the overarching export pessimism, as worldwide potential growth is harmed and protectionist impulses are stoked.
Anything contained in paragraph 2, the anti-dumping duty imposed under this notification shall remain in force up to and inclusive of the 31stJanuary, 2021, unless revoked, superseded or amended earlier.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare of India has taken a decision to lower the requirements of the fumigation and phyto-sanitary certificate for onion exports from Cambodia to India until 15th December, 2020.
The Nepal government will be keeping its border with India closed for another month because of Covid-19 pandemic.
Even if it is not a peak season, the Chittagong port seems to be undergoing a lot of pressure from vessels waiting to be cleared. This is happening due to the congestions at the transshipments ports of Singapore and Colombo.
Amidst the substantial trade imbalance because of severe shortage of containers for exporters, APM Terminals Pipavav port has decided to reduce the terminal handling charges for empty containers by 25%.
India's export saw an expansion of 24% while imports diminished by 28% during July-September from a year sooner. Likewise, exports and imports in October fell by 5.4% and 11.26%. Industry executives believe that the circumstance is probably going to continue as before until February with Indian festivals and Chinese New Year holidays drawing closer.
Because of Covid-19, shipments of silk products have unfortunately taken a major beating. The demand for silk has shrunk in the market of Europe and the United States. Exporters have confirmed.
The import and export policy of DGFT has been further amended outlining the prohibitions on imports from North Korea and exports to North Korea in para 2.17 of the Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20. DGFT has also issued Trade Notice No.16/2020 dated 16thMay 2019 to additionally clarify item descriptions and corresponding HS codes relevant to the said notification dated 07.03.2018.
This notification is for all the importers, members of Trade and Industry Associations, customs brokers and other stakeholders. They are invited to levy of late filing charges on account of Diwali on 14/11/2020 and 15/11/20202.
Denying all the reports regarding the hike in freight charges of surface transport because of the non-operation of goods trains, transported have claimed that they have not hiked any freight charges.
The government will dismay setting up of new inland container depots within 200 km of the nearest or connecting serving seaport. Government has also decided against permitting new ICDs to be built within 100 km of any existing facility.
Hapag-Lloyd has issued a notice stating that because of operational challenges there has been delays and congestion in Aden resulting in cargo pile up in the transshipment port. In order to tackle the situation, Hapag-Lloyd will be applying booking restrictions for every import into Aden with immediate effect.
Starting from January 4, 2021 Maersk will no longer be submitting CBSA interim accepted “Supplemental House Bill” data. Any HBL shipping instruction received after January 4th 2021 will be rejected by Maersk & will no longer be submitting any HBL data to CBSA for Canada import consignment.
CMA CGM will be implementing a port congestion surcharge from India to all UK ports- USD 150 per TEU.
CMA CGM informs customers that a port congestion surcharge of USD 600 per TEU will be applied for all containers arriving or departing Aden, Yemen. This will be effective from 13th November.
CMA CGM informs customers that a port congestion surcharge of USD 600 per TEU will be applied for all containers arriving or departing Sudan. This will be effective from 13th November.
The new extended time for filling questionnaire response in anti-dumping investigation regarding “Hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) component R-32” exported or originated from China PR is 13th December, 2020.
The new extended time for filling questionnaire responses in anti-dumping investigation regarding imports of “Ceftriaxone Sodium Sterile” exported or originating from China PR is 11th December, 2020.
More than thousands of importers, as well as exporters of the country, are dodging tax by declaring false statements regarding their goods and commodities in Chattogram and other ports. NBR, the National Board of Revenue, is highly concerned about this matter.
Port authority chair Daya Rathnayake has stated that importers will not be granted tax and duty concessions even if operations has slowed down at the Colombo Port because of Covid-19.
For the first time, the cargo division of Cochin International Airport Ltd in Kerala has facilitated temperature-controlled air cargo containers to transport frozen cooked shrimp to the United States.
Punjab industries and commerce minister Sunder Sham Arora has requested the central government to give permission regarding the movement of freight trains in the state.
Chennai airport handled 11,371 tonnes tonnes of export cargo and 11,897 tonnes of import cargo in October, the highest handled this year after the pandemic curtailed flights and businesses.
Exporters/Importers are encouraged to register on the DGFT e-platform and link to their IECs using Digital Signature Certificate(DSC) or their Aadhaar e-sign. Please refer to the given explainer videos for step-by-step guidance: https://youtu.be/n5CFsOqbUdc
India’s import of rice bran oil will double in 2020-21 financial year from Bangladesh. BV Mehta executive director of Solvent Extractors' Association of India stated.
Kochi has handled 2,856 twenty-foot equivalent unit of foreign transshipment container so far. The congestion at Colombo Port has ended up being an open door for Kochi regarding gaining transshipment business following the diversion of some ships.
Following quite a while of suspension of trade with Bangladesh through waterways, it predicts well for the people of Barak Valley, Tripura, Mizoram, and Manipur that it has started once again. The previous governments at the Center and Assam have been dawdling on this fundamental issue to continue trade with Bangladesh, and this has been held up mainly because of the silting of the stream bed of the Barak and the Kushiara and ominous political setup under the BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) government at Dhaka.
Even as India's export promotion schemes have been enduring an onslaught for quite a long while in multilateral forums for their subsidy content, these have additionally been a disincentive for firms to develop. Consider the most recent variation, the Merchandise Exports From India Scheme (MEIS), which is now on out. Somewhere in the range of FY17 and FY19, while trades covered under the MEIS became only 14.2% in rupee term, non-MEIS shipments rose at a lot quicker rate of 31.6%, as indicated by a FE analysis.
The situation of truckers serving the port complex of Los Angeles/Long Beach has led to calls from industry bodies for a stay on demurrage and confinement charges.
Haulage, shipping, and retailer companies have raised their concern and have complained of chaos at Felixstowe Port in Suffolk, affecting goods in the run-up to Christmas.
South Korea’s trade commission has decided to give extension regarding anti-dumping tariffs on stainless steel bars from Japan, Spain, and India and for another three years.
The services for amendment of any Advance Authorization, EPCG or DFIA Licenses would be temporarily suspended from 12:00 PM on 20th November 2020 till 30th November 2020.
In regards to the preparation of the new Five Year Foreign Trade Policy, the DGFT has issued Trade Notice No. 34/2020-21 dated 12th November, 2020 and seeking suggestions from various stakeholders, as well as members of Trade and Industry.
After traces of Covid-19 were found on the outer packaging of some of the samples of frozen cuttlefish exported by one of the Indian firms, China has temporarily suspended the imports of seafood products from an Indian company.
The first commercial shipment from Bangladesh to Karimganj, Assam was received on 9 November on the Protocol for Inland Water Trade and Transit (PIWTT) route, the Indian embassy in Bangladesh informed.
Oral hearing of sunset review of anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of “Melamine” from China PR will happen through digital video conferencing on 16.11.2020 at 16.40 hours (IST).
Oral Hearing in the Anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of “1-Phenyl-3-Methyl-5-Pyrazolone” originating in or exported from China PR will happen via digital video conference on 13th November, 2020 at 12 Noon (IST).
Oral Hearing in Anti-Dumping Investigation concerning imports of “Soda Ash” from Turkey and USA will happen via Digital Video Conference on 16th November, 2020 at 3 PM (IST).
Oral Hearing in the Anti-dumping investigation concerning imports of “Dimethyl Formamide” (DMF) originating in or exported from China PR and Saudi Arabia will happen via Digital Video Conference on 16th November, 2020 at 6 PM (IST).
Safmarine issues a notification that they will be implanting a revised policy regarding how they accept customer’s shipments. This revised policy will be effective from 30th November, 2020. The change will be relevant to a limited number of specific companies/entities who have not complied with financial terms and conditions agreed with Safmarine, and the same company chooses to discontinue doing business with.
AEPC, Apparel Export Promotion Council, has recently launched a virtual platform where Indian apparel exporters will be able to exhibit garments round the year.
As per a notification all the exporters of milk and milk products must obtain a certificate of export worthiness from a government agency for the shipments, according to an order of the commerce ministry.
The Congestion Surcharge (CGD/CGO) inbound/outbound of USD 175 per TEU (payable in the United Kingdom) will be applicable from November 25, 2020 (tariffing date) until further notice and is applicable for all container types.
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