Circular No. ES/223/2019-20 30th January, 2020
To: Members of the Council
Sub: Terminal Handling Charges levied by Shipping Lines
We would like to inform you that the JNCH (Nhava Sheva) has issued Public Notice No. 14/2020 dated 28th January, 2020 regarding Terminal Handling Charges (THC) levied by Shipping Lines.
As you may be aware, THC are levied by Port Terminals to the Shipping Lines and Shipping Lines in turn collect these charges from the exporters.
In this regard, representations have been received by JNCH from exporters that Shipping Lines are collecting THC which are at variance with what the shipping lines have paid as THC to the port terminals. This results in lack of transparency in these charges.
In order to bring transparency and to boost the ‘ease of doing business’ and reduce the logistics costs, it has been decided by JNCH that–
Exporters having Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status may be permitted to pay the THC directly to the Terminal Operators instead of paying through Shipping Lines.
All eligible exporters who have already opened Personal Deposit (P.D.) Account with the Terminal Operators may pay terminal handling charges directly to the respective Terminals.
The eligible exporters who do not have P.D. Accounts may open P.D. Accounts with the concerned Ports/Terminals and pay terminal handling charges directly to the concerned Ports/Terminals.
Ports/Terminals are also requested to raise invoices for THC directly to the eligible and willing exporters.
All terminals/ports are to implement this Public Notice positively by 5th February, 2020.
In case of any query, members may kindly contact the Nodal officers as prescribed in the Public Notice.
Members may kindly make a note of the above and do the needful.