Shipping Circulars & Notifications

Public holiday on 24.4.2014 due to Lok Sabha General Elections

23rd April 2014

We are displaying the New Custom House circular informing that 24th April, 2014 has been declared as a Public holiday on account of the General Election to the Lok Sabha in 2014

VDSPL – Customer Service

Technical Problem at Directorate of System, New Delhi

22nd April 2014

Technical Problem in Central Server

Please note that due to technical problem in the central server at Directorate of System, New Delhi, submission, processing of documents, including E-Payment through ICEGATE has come to a stand still.

The matter has been addressed to Mr. M. S. Arora, Addl. Director General System, New Delhi for immediate solution in the matter.

VDSPL – Customer Service


18th April 2014

Congestion at GTI Terminal

This is to inform the trade that there is congestion enroute to the GTI terminal main road & the stranded vehicles traffic which has to reach the terminals has crossed the DRT Bridge, it is causing delay Import and Export movements.

We are ensuring that the movement of the scheduled vessels are given to the CFSs well in advance to avoid shutouts.

We shall keep you posted on the further updates.

VDSPL – Customer Service


11th April 2014

Erratic Functioning of ICEGATE System at Air Cargo Complex

Since today afternoon, the ICEGATE System at ACC is functioning erratically, hence there is a delay in clearance.

Complaint has been lodged with the directorate and they are looking into the matter.


TRADE NOTICE - Boycott Postponed

11th April 2014

The Boycott has been postponed until further notice. We shall keep you updated in the context!



09th April 2014

The Nhava Sheva Container Operator’s Welfare Association (NSCOWA) have issued a notice informing the trade that even after several meetings and repeated discussions, there is no improvement in the situation on the roads approaching to the APM Terminals.

It has become impossible for the transporters to have a single trip within 24 hours which is badly affecting the performance of the transporters and hence the members of NSCOWA in a meeting held on 07/04/2014 have unanimously decided to BOYCOTT the movement to and from APM Terminals from Friday 11/04/2014. We shall keep you posted on the developments.



07th April 2014

Shortage of AC/DC
This is to inform all that due to shortage of AC/DC in the Export Shed at JNCH, release of all types of S/Bills, there is abnormal delay, resulting in shut out of Export Cargo.

The matter has been brought to the notice of JN Customs Authorities.

We request trade to please empathise with us in the given situation as the same is completely beyond our control.

We shall keep you updated about the development, if any.

Non-functioning of ICEGATE

09th December 2013 All Members of the Association

ICEGATE not functioning
Since morning, it is seen that job submissions are not getting accepted in the system for both exports and imports. Complaint has been lodged with the directorate and they are looking into the matter. Members may inform their clients accordingly.

Rajesh Gosalia
Managing Committee Member

DFIA and EPCG Licences - S/bill number not generated

28th November 2013

All Members of the Association
DFIA and EPCG licences -- S/bill number not generated
Association has been in constant touch with the directorate.

Entries in the system have been completed upto 8th October issue date. The balance entries are likely to be completed today for all licences.

Members may request their exporters to pressurize the systems directorate through their respective Associations to obtain speedy relief.

Rajesh Gosalia
Managing Committee Member

ICEGATE errors and closure

25th November 2013

All Members of the Association
The Association has been in constant touch with the Icegate authorities for the past 72 hours. However, the issue is yet to be resolved. The Association has in the meantime, requested the JNCH and ACC Commissionerate to permit manual noting of such shipping bill, which have received the error code.

Members are requested to approach the Additional Commissioner for the same.

Rajesh Gosalia
Managing Committee Member

EDI System at JNCH not functional

11th November 2013

All Members of the Association
Due to MTNL connectivity issues, EDI Systems at Customs, JNCH is not functional. Members are requested to take a note of the same.

- from BCHAA

Notice to Trade - LOI & Cargo Manifest - Mandatory Requirement For Bandar Abbas

28th June 2013

Dear Valued Customers,

As per below notification from vessel operator, it has now become mandatory to provide LOI & CARGO MANIFEST with immediate effect for any loadings Bandar Abbas (Iran).

“Trade Sanction against Iran”

As you are aware, the EU sanctions for trade with Iran have come into effect from 1st July 2012 and under these sanctions certain goods are prohibited for trade with Iran.

Under the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1929 (2010), the US Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010, HR2149 (“CISADA”) and the EU Regulation (EU) No. 668/2010, restrictions have been imposed on trades connected with Iran and specially on cargoes, which could possibly be used for Iran’s nuclear program and/or for Iran’s oil and gas industry. Since we have no influence nor knowledge on the content of the cargoes carried inside your containers and it is impossible for us to check and verify if the cargoes inside your containers comply with the aforementioned regulations / sanctions, we wish to emphasize that you are responsible for ensuring that no cargoes are being carried inside your containers, which may be or are in breach of the aforementioned regulations / sanctions.

As part of due diligence to comply with sanction regulations, vessel operators, common carriers on the ocean route require you to submit Letter of Indemnity along with Cargo Manifest clearly stating the shipper, consignee and description of goods prior to booking of your cargo to indemnify us from the costs and consequences of unknowingly carrying prohibited cargoes or dealing with designated parties.

The submission of Letter of Indemnity by you, should not, in any way be treated as a substitute for undertaking the required due diligence checks by vessel operators. You are still obliged to carry out your own due diligence to check, amongst other things, that you are not trading with designated parties or carrying prohibited cargoes.

Please find below attached with this mail the Letter of Indemnity Format & relevant Council Regulation 267/2012 of the EU resolution for your reference.

As the breach of these regulations / sanctions may result in serious consequences to us and to vessel owners, you are to keep us and vessel owners fully harmless and indemnified of any damages, fines, cost, consequences, losses, detentions, blacklisting whatsoever and howsoever caused due to any breach of these regulations / sanctions.

Your kind co-operation and understanding in this regard will be highly appreciated.

Please click on below links of notification.


Download file (.docx)


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Notice to Trade / Traffic Jam at Port Terminals

19th December 2012

Dear All,
This is to inform you all that since last 2 days the queue of export loaded containers into Port Terminal has crossed about 15 – 20 kilo meters from Port Gate Terminal and up to Chinari i.e. near Toll Naka at upper highway NH4B.

Therefore movements of empty and loaded containers are taking around 24 hours to reach the intended Terminal or Dnode. This is just for your information inorder to keep you updated with the current Port Situation.

We have also gathered few photos for your ready reference. Further request you to keep your clients updated.

From NSCOWA to all CFSs

August 2012


August 2012

Important Circular - Iraq

03rd August 2011

Dear All,
As per new instructions from UMQ and the feeder operator, the Umqasser port will no longer accept cntrs without the certificate issued by SGS/BV. Hence the certificate is mandatory. Pls provide the same with the B/l draft prior loading cargo from Nhava Sheva. Pls find below the circular issued by IPA for your ref. Pls note no cntrs will be loaded ex.Nhava Sheva without SGS or BV Certificates.