CUSTOMS TO ESTABLISH A CENTRAL SERVER FOR MANIFEST SUBMISSION – CONT

Other decisions taken at the forum include: 

– Containers on transfer to Bonded Terminals will no longer be scanned to eliminate the long waiting queue at the scanning sites. Such containers will henceforth be subjected to physical inspection by examination Officers in the Bonded Terminals before release. 

– Shipping companies must now submit electronic manifest in the format prescribed by Customs, at least 72 hours before the arrival of vessels to allow pre-clearance activities. 

– Shipping companies must stop the existing practice of taking valuable space inside the Ports for stacking Export-bound empty containers. They undertook to review the capacity of existing holding Bays outside the Ports for stacking of empty containers. 

– Customs Area Controllers were empowered to invoke provision of Section 13 of the Customs and Excise Notice to grant pre-release of bulk and other special cargoes, provided the conditions specified are met. 

In view of the far-reaching decisions taken at the forum, participants agreed to reconvene after a month to review the progress of implementation and re-assessment of the congestion situation

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