Apparel exporters seek complete waiver of demurrage on shipments, Retail News, ET Retail

NEW DELHI: Apparel exporters on Thursday demanded the governing administration for waiver of demurrage on import and export shipments of the sector for the period commencing March 1 until the time lockdown carries on. The governing administration has waived 50 per cent of demurrage costs on import shipments, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) Chairman A Sakthivel mentioned.

In a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, he mentioned the council associates could not crystal clear the shipments on time because of deficiency of documents, “therefore, demurrage waiver could please be granted commencing from March 1 until the time lockdown carries on”.

Highlighting the rule that cargo has to be cleared within just one particular working day of lockdown closure, he mentioned the CHA (customs home brokers), freight forwarders or consignees will face huge difficulty to crystal clear the goods in one particular working day, as it is “neither functional, nor feasible”.

Other than, he mentioned there are a large amount of export shipments lying at several Indian airports as all international flights have been stopped and the airways are not completely ready to pay the huge demurrage to the terminal operator.

“The airways want the brokers/ shippers to acquire back again their shipments after paying demurrage to the terminal operators. As a result, demurrage waiver really should be allowed to all export shipments as nicely,” he added.

Sakthivel also flagged the problem that freighters and carriers continued to charge four-five periods of the present costs and this required to be stopped instantly.

“It is an unexpected emergency-like problem and everybody has to lead to ensure normalcy in international trade,” he added.