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Operationalization of “one time default intimation” to Shipping Lines by DPD importers at JNCH

Circular No.ES/316/2017-18                                                                          March 12, 2018

To: Members of the Council

Sub: Operationalization of “one time default intimation” to Shipping Lines by DPD importers at JNCH

Dear Member,

JNCH (Nhava Sheva) has issued Public Notice No. 36/2018 dated 09.03.2018 on the above subject.

Your kind attention is invited to the various Public Notices of JNCH on various aspects / procedures relating to Direct Port Delivery (DPD) in general and “72 hours advance intimation” required to be submitted to the shipping lines for each consignment for availing DPD Facility in particular.

 As you may be aware, advance intimation is required to be submitted by importer through their official email id to shipping line at least 72 hours before expected arrival of the vessel informing the details such as Bill of Lading Number, Details of consignment, DPD client code allotted by Terminal operator & Preferred CFS and its Code (stacking code). Accordingly, Shipping Lines prepare and submit Import Advance List (IAL) to Port Terminal indicating details of such consignment including stacking code to enable Port Terminal to decide stacking plan these containers.

But  this facility has not been utilized up to the optimum level even by the top importers at JNCH and most of the importers fail to inform the Shipping Lines in advance, which had resulted in shipping lines moving the containers in CFSs, entailing extra costs to the importers and delay in clearance.

Hence, it was decided to relax the norms for advance intimation for “DPD Importers” in consultation with shipping lines and CSLA. It was felt that “one time default intimation” may be obtained from DPD importers and submitted to shipping lines through Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA) [ ] so that default stacking code indicated in the said “intimation” can be treated as default stacking code by shipping lines.

In order to increase the effective coverage of the scheme and to improve the ease of doing business, it is decided that all the DPD importers of JNCH should submit “one time default intimation” in the format as annexed to this Public Notice in the manner as prescribed in the format itself.

DPD importers (including Customs Brokers) need not submit intimation each time before 72 hours of expected arrival of the vessel. Stacking code indicated in the said intimation would be treated as “default stacking code” by all shipping lines and they should consider the same in respect of all import (FCL) made by such importers.

However, in exceptional cases, where any of the aforesaid DPD importer either don’t want to avail the DPD facility for any reason, or change the stacking code for any particular consignment, he needs to intimate the shipping line about such intention 72 hours in advance in the format as already prescribed vide Public Notice No 110, dated 29.08.2017.

This revised procedure will facilitate DPD importers to avail clearances under DPD reducing their transaction cost and time. This will also help in increasing the percentage of DPD volume at this Port.

In case of any difficulty, members may kindly contact the Additional Commissioner in charge of ‘DPD Cell’, NS-III (email address:

Members may kindly make a note of the above

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully,


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