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Procedure for clearance of export cargo categorised as “Hazardous Goods”

Circular No.ES/15  /2017-18                                                              April 05, 2017

To: Members of the Council

Sub:   Procedure for clearance of export cargo categorised as “Hazardous Goods”

Dear Member,

JNCH has issued Public Notice No. 46/2017 dated  31.03.2017 on the above subject.

Attention of members of Trade is invited to various other decisions communicated through Public Notices issued from time to time for smooth clearing of export consignments and to reduce dwell time of export.

It has been noticed that “Containers declared to be containing Hazardous cargo are allowed Direct Port Entry without examination, even if RMS Instructions are for “Open & Examination”. It was explained that reason for such practice is difficulty in examination of such cargo. As per the practice followed, in such cases the concerned examining officer obtains a waiver from the AC/DC in charge of the docks for ignoring the’ open and examination’ order given by the system.

It has been decided to revisit the present practice considering the probability of smuggling in the garb of Hazardous cargo as it is never examined and allowed to be exported as it is. In view of recent detections of contrabands concealed in “hazardous cargo”, it becomes imperative to review the examination process of the “hazardous cargo”.

Basically “hazardous cargo” is categorized into 9 classes from 1 to 9 depending on the nature of the cargo. The technical details about these 9 classess are enclosed as Annexure-“A” to this Public Notice. And a note about “Reading Hazardous Materials Placards” is enclosed as Annexure-“B” to this Public Notice no. 46/2017.

This is for your information.

Thanking you,



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