NAVI MUMBAI: An importer who intends to avail DPD facility shall have to submit duly filled in registration form along with certain prescribed documents to get themselves registered with the Port Terminals. However, it has been repeatedly represented by the trade to the Authorities that they are finding difficulties in filling registration forms at all the four Terminals and obtaining the DPD code from all Terminals. Further, Shipping Lines on many occasions have raised their concern that they are also facing difficulties in maintaining different “DPD Codes” allotted by each Terminal Operator to one Importer.
In order to make further efforts to provide Ease of Doing Business, reduce dwell time and thereby reducing costs involved, following directions were issued to port terminals in terms of Clause (n) of Regulation 5(1) and Sub Regulation (2) of Regulation 7 of Handling of Cargo in Customs Areas Regulations, 2009, according to Public Notice No 53/2018.
These are as follows :
i] Now DPD Importers are required to get themselves registered at JNPCT only. After obtaining DPD permission letter from JNCH Customs, Importers are required to submit specified documents as per prevalent practice for registration at JNPCT. JNPCT will allot unique code to these DPD Importers. Other terminals (NSICT / NSIGT / GTI / BMCT) will use the same DPD Code (allotted by JNPCT) for the purpose of extending DPD facility to Importer including opening PD account etc.
ii] Whenever such DPD code is allotted by JNPCT, intimation of the same should be sent to other terminals (NSICT/NSIGT/GTI/BMCT). Thereafter, importer should approach other terminals to comply with other requirements like opening of PD Account etc with the same DPD code (as allotted by JNPCT).
iii] GTI/NSICT/NSIGT/BMCT will share existing DPD codes allotted by them to DPD clients with JNPCT. While allotting unique DPD codes to new DPD clients, to avoid duplicity, JNPCT have to ensure that these new DPD codes are not the same as already allotted by other Terminal Operators to any DPD Importer.
iv] JNPCT have to share DPD codes already allotted to DPD clients with other Terminal Operators. In order to achieve single DPD code at all Terminals, GTI, NSICT, NSIGT and BMCT have to replace their existing DPD codes to the DPD codes provided by JNPCT within 45 days of issuance of this Public Notice. In case of any difficulty, the issue may be brought to the notice of Additional Commissioner in charge of ‘DPD Cell’, NS-III (email address: email@example.com). (Note:- As informed by Terminal operators, the system of allotting single code has already been started), said the notice.