The Customs Department in Kochi is making an earnest attempt to reduce the dwell time of a cargo container at the port’s in-transit storage area while it awaits clearance for transportation, Kochi Customs Commissioner K N Raghavan said here on Thursday.
In Mumbai port, one of the busiest centres of exports and import in the country, the dwell time is only five days. But in Kochi, the dwell time is 15 days, he said, while interacting with exporters and importers at the Customs Adalat held at Kochi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Chamber Hall.
Explaining the attempts being made by the Customs authorities for the smooth transport of cargo, Raghavan said the exporters and importers must cooperate with the Customs authorities by diligently adhering to the rules and regulations.
If papers relating to the import of cargo are filed in time, the transporting process of the cargo from the port will be faster, he said.
The Adalat session was organised under the auspices of the KCCI Exim Forum.
KCCI chairman K N Marzook, KCCI vice-chairman and EXIM Forum convener M K Ansari, KCCI director board member and EXIM Forum executive committee member Antony Thomas and KCCI secretary A J Rajan spoke.