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JNPT along with JNCH organises a stakeholders’ awareness programme on DPD & AEO


The Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust along with Jawaharlal Nehru Custom House organised a stakeholders’ awareness programme on Direct Port Delivery (DPD) and Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) on February 12, 2020 in Mumbai which was attended by dignitaries like Mr Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT, Mr Vivek Johri, IRS, Principal Chief Commissioner of Customs, JNCH, other dignitaries and a large number of industry professionals.


Mr Sanjay Sethi, IAS, Chairman, JNPT, pointed out that schemes like Direct Port Delivery (DPD) and Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) were aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the trade by reducing logistics cost in the country. To reduce the dwell time as well as to bring down the logistics cost of ex-im clearances, various steps have been taken. One such initiative has been the Direct Port Delivery (DPD) of containers to the importers thus removing the need of routing the clearance through the Container Freight Stations (CFSs). 


This initiative was first launched at JNPT and, thereafter, extended to other ports. With the schemes in operation at all the ports, there is a need to provide guidelines/eligibility criteria so that the DPD Scheme can be widely publicised. Importers who have not availed the benefit of the DPD scheme due to lack of awareness may  join this programme with certainty.


Ideally, any fully facilitated Bill of Entry (BoE) filed at the gateway port ought to get the DPD benefit. However, feedback from the field has suggested  factors like—non-receipt of original documents from abroad and consequent delay in issuance of Delivery Order, financial and credit woes, delay in settlement of dues of shipping lines, opening PD Account with the terminals. These are some of the reasons inhibiting a larger section of importers to opt for DPD.


In this regard, there is need for providing guidelines for implementation of DPD across all the formations—Inclusions: Following categories of importers may opt for facility of DPD : (a) Importers who have already been accorded either AEO Tier I, II or III status;
(b) Importers with a clear track record of compliance and an import volume of 25 FCL TEUs through a particular port or otherwise in the preceding financial year.


Mr Sethi also explained the DPD registration procedure for importers who intend to avail DPD facility from JNPT. The first method involved clicking the link http://dpdreg.jnport.com. Thereafter create user login by clicking to create a log in. Valid email id and mobile number required to create a user login. Only one registration is allowed against each email id. Sign in/login by providing a username and password. Fill the ‘DPD application form’ correctly and upload the following self-attested documents, namely, PAN card, GST certificate and copy of permission, letter of Jawahar Customs. These three documents shall be in JPG/PDF format and size not to exceed 300 kb. Accept the terms and conditions, enter the place, name and designation of the person submitting the form and enter submit. You will get a reference number. Thereafter, registration shall be done and DPD code issued.


Under method 2 is DPD application form available at www.jnport.cgov.in. Scanned copy of the duly filled ‘DPD application form’ along with 3 documents mentioned abo can also be sent to email id: jnpctdpd@jnport.gov. in. Upon scrutiny of the documents, DPD code shall be communicated to the importer online. 


In response to a query, it was said the port is considering examining containers at the Parking Plaza, which could be implemented in a few months.  


Mr Vivek Johri, IRS, Principal Chief Commissioner of Customs, JNCH, dwelt upon the benefits of DPD and AEO and also explained how it was a win-win situation for all stakeholders. There are a host of benefits for all three categories of AEOs—T1, T2, T3 and LOs. One of the major benefits is the recognition worldwide as safe, secure and compliant business partners in international trade and get trade facilitation by a foreign Customs administration with whom India enters into a Mutual Recognition Agreement/Arrangement.


The facility of Direct Port Delivery (DPD) of import containers, Direct Port Entry (DPE) of export containers, waiver of full or part of the bank guarantee requirements, waiver of merchant overtime fees, deferred payment of duties, waiver from transactional PCA were highlighted. Instead, onsite PCA has been provided, the selection of the same shall be based on risk assessment of AEOs.


Mr Johri also pointed out the waiver of solvency certification for Customs Brokers; a lower risk score in risk analysis systems when profiling, faster disbursal of drawback amount through process eased out and fast-tracking of refunds and adjudications, etc.

 

Source : Exim News Service - Mumbai, Feb. 13

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