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Govt awards 3 PPP projects worth ` 8,000 cr. in port sector

With the aim of fast-tracking capacity addition in the port sector, the government has reportedly awarded three major projects in the public-private partnership (PPP) model, valued at around Rs 8,000 crore.

An official statement apprised that the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) gave the nod after a recent review meeting. The investments, which are to be made in JNP, Kandla and Visakhapatnam, are expected to boost capacity by an additional 79 million tonnes a year.

The statement pointed out that securing clearances from various Ministries such as Home, Defence and Environment was one of the major hurdles in moving ahead in the past. However, all projects got clearances in the last three months, thanks to the close monitoring and follow-up by the PMO, it said, adding that the government was also putting new processes in place to help expedite security clearances in future.

While apprising that the government was moving ahead with many other PPP projects at full speed, the statement expressed confidence of awarding most of them within the first half of the current fiscal, including some within the next two months.

While bringing to light that a Planning Commission committee was exploring the requirement of funds for dredging, the statement added that the same panel was in the process of drawing up a plan to improve the draught at ports, to help accommodate larger vessels.

Source : Exim News Service - NEW DELHI, April 17

 
Indian shipbuilding industry to touch 9,200 cr. value in 3 years

THE country’s shipbuilding and repairs industry, currently valued at just over Rs 7,310 crore, is likely to jump to Rs 9,200 crore by 2015, said Assocham in a recent report. It stated that the sector would grow on account of the robust demand in the domestic market, complemented by adequate availability of a skilled workforce.

"Lower costs of labour, availability of skilled workforce together with robust demand in the domestic market and a growing steel industry are certain factors that build up a strong case for the sector in India," it said.

Further, it informed that at about Rs 7.3 lakh crore, the country accounted for a meagre 1 per cent of the global shipbuilding industry.

Source : Exim News Service - New Delhi, April 17

 

 
Mandatory checking of IEC/CHA wise summary report- reg.

 

SUB :checking of IEC/CHA wise summary report- reg

Attention of all exporters, importers, Custom House Agents and members of trade and all other concerned is invited to recent spate of cases of smuggling of prohibited goods by mis-declaring them to be freely importable/exportable goods. It has been observed during the investigations of these cases that the Importers/Exporters and the CHAs whose names appear on the bill of entry/shipping bill filed for importing/exporting these consignments, often claim that the said documents were not filed by them and that their name or the name of their firm has been misused by some unscrupulous elements to file such documents.

2. With a view to avoid such practice and also to check the menace of smuggling of the prohibited goods to/from Jawaharlal Nehru Custom House, it is directed that all the importers/exporters and CHAs must visit the ICEGATE website (www.icegate.gov.in) daily and check the summary of bills of entry/shipping bills filed by them/ in their name from ‘IEC wise summary report’ and ‘CHA wise summary report’ menu available on the website, respectively. The importers / exporters / CHA are directed to convey the details of the bills of entry or the shipping bills which were not filed by them, but are shown against their name in the said summary reports immediately to the office of the concerned Commissioner of Customs, JNCH, to facilitate the department in initiating suitable action in respect of such documents filed by unscrupulous elements. They are also requested to undertake such exercise daily to see that their names are not misused or impersonated by others for violating law of the land.

3. Noncompliance of this public notice may lead to adverse consequences under the provisions of the Customs Act, 1962.

4. Difficulties faced, if any, in implementation of this Public Notice may please be brought to the notice of the undersigned.

(RAKESH MISRA) COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS (EXPORTS) JNCH, NHAVA SHEVA Copy to: (i) The Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai-Zone-II, (ii) The Commissioner of Customs (Import), JNCH (iii) All the Addl./Jt. Commissioner of Customs, JNCH. (iv) All the Deputy/Asstt. Commissioner of Customs, JNCH. (v) The Additional Commissioner of Customs (EDI)…to upload in the JNCH website. (vi) All the Trade Association. (vii) Bombay Custom House Agents’ Association. (viii) Office Copy

 


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