Kochi

12 acres in SEZ to be denotified

Twelve acres within the port-based special economic zone on Vallarpadam Island will be denotified to allow the Customs authorities to install systems for container examination.

The decision was taken as part of measures to end the confusion over procedures to clear transshipment containers passing through the Vallarpadam International Container Transshipment Terminal, sources here said.

Earlier, it was decided that containers moving via sea headed out of the country or into the country through the ICTT would be cleared by Customs at the ICTT while those moving on rail or road would be cleared by Revenue Customs.

The 12 acres being denotified will be used for Customs to install container scanner, both mobile and stationary, as well as to establish the Electronic Data Interchange facility.

Though containers will be scanned within the denotified area, the usual stuffing and destuffing of containers will be carried out at the designated container freight stations.

It has also been decided that a cell of Customs officials, specially looking after container operations and their formalities, will be shifted to Vallarpadam from Willingdon Island.

Solution

It is learnt that senior officials from the Cochin Special Economic Zone, Customs and the Cochin Port Trust visited the ICTT before recommending the above measures to permanently find a solution to the lack of clarity so far on clearance of containers at the Vallarpadam terminal.

The overall security of the ICTT will be supervised by the port-based Central Industrial Security Force personnel, who will also control access to the terminal premises, sources said.

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