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MONITORED MOVEMENT: The first container under the automation movement between the Chennai Port and container freight stations/ICDs being flagged off at the Chennai container terminal on Thursday. - Bijoy Ghosh
MONITORED MOVEMENT: The first container under the automation movement between the Chennai Port and container freight stations/ICDs being flagged off at the Chennai container terminal on Thursday. - Bijoy Ghosh

Our Bureau

Chennai, Nov 3

IMPORTERS and exporters can now monitor container movement from the Chennai port to Inland Container Depots (ICD) and Container Freight Stations (CFS) with the Chennai Customs providing 24-hour online monitoring of container movements, according to a Customs official.

This online facility, inaugurated on Thursday, will eliminate delays in processing transhipment requests, cut paper work, improve transparency and help the department in effective monitoring, said Mr S. Subramanian, Commissioner of Customs (sea-export).

The automation of the movement of containers from the port to the ICD/CFS involving EDI (electronic data interchange) connectivity with Customs fulfils yet another effort by the department to ensure smooth and speedy cargo movement and is in continuation of a series of concerted efforts by the department in this direction, he said.

Mr S.R. Baruah, Additional Commissioner, Chennai Customs, said that the entry and exit at the Chennai Container Terminal Ltd (CCTL) would have computers linked to the Custom House server.

The importer or his agent can submit the request for movement of the container from the port to the destination ICD/CFS in a floppy at the service centre of Custom House for data entry. Details would be electronically transmitted to the section concerned at the Customs department for online verification and permission for transhipment of the container.

Once the permission to move the container is granted the Customs officer at the CCTL's exit gate will enter the details of the container in the system and these details will be transmitted online to the ICD/CFS concerned.

On arrival at the destination the Customs personnel at the ICD/CFS will enter the arrival time in the system and the process will be complete, he said at the inaugural function.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 4, 2005)
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