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Chennai Port is working round -the-clock, 7 days a week, to facilitate more export & import through Port of Chennai.

The Port also conducts PORT USERS MEETING periodically to ensure customer satisfaction by maintaining effective service quality to augment exports.

Private equipment are allowed in certain Operational areas to augment rate of loading/discharging of dry bulk cargoes.

Comprehensive stevedoring levy of 192% of actual wages for all types of cargoes

C & F Levy for bulk cargoes, ore & timeber logs reduced to 3.75/MT

C & F Levy will be collected through Import Applicaton when actual deployment of labour for C & F operations are there

The TERMINAL HANDLING CHARGES at Chennai Port's Container Terminal are quite competitive even when compared to the Terminal Handling Charges collected at the Regional Ports viz. COLOMBO and SINGAPORE.

Charges for storage of containers including Shipper-own-containers and Mafi-Transhipment & ICD - Laden and Empty - First 15 days - Free for Foreign & Coastal Container.

Facilities For Exporters

This has significant bearing on the Port's performance making this port a trendsetter in export performance envisaging the following advantage for Port Users:

The concept of single window clearance is adopted by Chennai Port and an Export Documentation Centre housing Customs, Chennai Clearing and Forwarding, Dock Labour Board, etc. is located inside the port complex.

20 days free period for cars through Ro-Ro vessels and 30 days free period for all other cargo are allowed for storage of Export Cargo in transit areas.

Memorandum of Agreement with M/s. Hyundai Motors & M/s. KIA with attractive concession schemes in VRC & CRC upto 70% for export of Cars.

Open space is made available in transit area for export cargo such as barytes, quartz, on rental basis

Preferential allotment of space for storage of Export Cargo

The Chennai Port offers Priority berthing facilities for Export Oriented vessels. In addition, a scheme called PRIORITY BERTH RESERVATION SCHEME approved by Government for berthing vessels on arrival on payment of BERTH RESERVATION FEE is being made popular among the trade.

With the permission of the Commissioner of Customs there are 11 Container Freight Stations functioning outside the port limit but within the City limit to cater to the total stuffing requirement of export cargoes in containers. The Customs have also permitted some categories of cargoes to be HOUSE STUFFED.

Almost 100% of the Export FCL containers are stuffed outside the Port and loaded containers are brought into the terminal for shipment.

Only Less than Container Load (LCL) export cargoes are stuffed inside the Port for which a very modern EXPORT CONTAINER FREIGHT STATION, is functioning within the port where ON WHEEL LOADING facilities are available.

Direct Shipment of Granite Blocks is permitted.

Priority berthing is given for export vessels (one vessel at a time)

Heavy lift charges on export of Raw Granite Blocks is waived

Preferential allotment of space for storage of export cargo

When direct delivery/direct loading is allowed, no C & F charges will be applicable. This gives substantial reduction in charges for Granite Blocks, Barytes in Bags, Steel etc., Wherever directly loaded/delivered

To facilitate export of iron ore through Chennai Port, Iron Ore Pellets & Lumps are being allowed to be exported through Jawahar Dock.

Facilities For Importers

Manual filing of Import/Export Applications is replaced with email filing at the IA/EA Counter, which is kept open on all Board Holidays except on Board's closed Holidays & Sundays.

CRANAGE on Heavy Lift Packages has been reduced.

In case the Trust is unable to supply Mechanical Equipment, use of private equipment is permitted.

Weighment is not at all required for DRY BULK CARGOES

‘A’ certificate is issued for packages uncleared and that has been traced and is available for delivery. When ‘A’ certificate is issued, the Port User is eligible for refund of demurrage paid on the goods for the period of non-traceability.


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