Importers who have opted for the Direct Port Delivery (DPD) scheme at the Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House (JNCH) at Nhava Sheva in Mumbai have received their cargo faster than non-DPD consignments, according to the Time Release Study (TRS) 2017 released by the customs on Friday.
According to the study, on an average, the DPD bills of entry in July had 33.3 per cent lower release time as compared to others. In January, these had 28 per cent lower release time than the others, the study said.
The Indian TRS quantifies the time release as the time taken from arrival of the goods to release of cargo by customs.
“The filing of advance bills of entry has a significant impact in lowering release time for cargo. The release time for advance DPD bills of entry is about 76 hours, which is broadly in line with the commitment for overall release time under the Trade Facilitation Agreement,” said Vijay Chauhan, commissioner of customs, JNCH.
DPD is a global clearance method wherein cargo is transferred straight from the terminal to the place of delivery, instead of initially holding it at a container freight station. The system was introduced by JNCH in January.
The time release study is a World Customs Organisation (WCO) mandated performance assessment of the agency in terms of clearing cargo. Chauhan said JNCH has significantly reduced the release time of cargo due to a series of newly introduced measures including DPD, filing of advance bills of entry, reduction in time for filing of bills of entry and shorter window of interest-free period for payment of duties.
“JNCH needs to work together with all the other stakeholders to further reduce the time release and achieve the national commitment of 3 days for the release for sea ports,” said Chauhan.
JN Port handles about 55-60 per cent of the country’s total container traffic. About 25 per cent or Rs 54,000 crore of national revenue of customs comes from this port.