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    Chinese consignments to be held off in Chennai, to face delays in clearance

    Chinese consignments to be held off in Chennai, to face delays in clearance

    Chinese consignments to be held off in Chennai, to face delays in clearance
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    By Alisha Sachdev   IST (Updated)

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    Customs officials in Chennai have instructed all authorities handling import consignments originating from China to hold off from clearing them until further notice.

    Customs officials in Chennai have instructed all authorities handling import consignments originating from China to hold off from clearing them until further notice.
    The Chennai Commissionerate has issued instructions internally to port terminals, the airport and all container freight stations (CFSes) to hold all cargo from China, even those shipments which have been cleared with an OOC.
    A shipment which is given an OOC, or Out of Charge order is cleared by customs and found to have no discrepancies. However, these shipments will be allowed to be delivered only after a re-examination by customs authorities is done.
    According to sources, GV Krishna Rao, chief commissioner of CGST and Central Excise of Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry, informed importers that the cargo will be subject to re-examination due to intelligence inputs received by the Excise authorities.
    The intelligence received by the department could be based on dumping of goods, inferior or wrong items in the shipment, etc. However, given the Covid-19 pandemic and the situation at the Galwan Valley, the re-examination could also be on different grounds.
    The Chennai Customs Brokers Association wrote to members asking them to prepare for delays in clearance of China-origin cargo arising from ports, CFSes and airports. In a letter to members, it said, "An official trade notice/circular is still awaited from customs. Our association is in touch with customs officials to get further instructions on releasing the cargo which is under clearance", it said.
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