Shipping Circulars & Notifications

Erratic functioning of the EDI System

13th November 2014

It is observed that the EDI System has been functioning erratically. A circular from BCHAA notifying the same.


Subject: Erratic functioning of the EDI System
All members of the Association,

This is to inform you that due to erratic functioning of the EDI Systems, there is tremendous delay in clearance of consignments. BE filed in any scheme does not reflect in the concern Group and reflects under duty payment.

Message has also been sent to the Directorate General of System, Delhi to look into the matter.

The Association will keep its members updated about the situation.
Hiren Ruparel
EDI Committee

Congestion and delays in APM Terminals at Nhava Sheva still continues

7th June 2014

PIt is observed that situation of Export container movement in the APM Terminals is not normal and is taking almost 24 hrs to Gate-in the vehicles.

The Congestion at the terminals still continues and there is a long queue of Export Containers waiting for the Gate-in of vehicles resulting in huge congestion and many containers are getting shut out.

In expression of their concern, the CFS Association has issued 2 Circulars intimating the overall situation which appears to be very alarming.

Customers are requested to take note of the same and plan shipments accordingly.


From: CFS Association of India
Subject: Delays at Gateway Terminals Mumbai
Dear Associates,

Greetings for the day.

With continuation to our previous communication on-going congestion and delays at APM Terminals at Nhavasheva still continued. An average trailer turn around time inside APM terminals is about 7 hours as on June 6th, 2014.

Traffic control & movement of vehicles outside of APM Terminals is also very slow with 5-6 kilometres long queue of vehicles in two rows, which is affecting business volume handling for all stakeholders.

The New process of releasing Containers with out Job Order has further created several issues, the terminal is not delivering old aging containers and there by breaking the BL lots, which is creating problem and delays to importers in taking delivery of Cargo. This arbitrary implementation of process has aggravated the delays and has caused further delays to already existing chaotic situation.

Above mentioned facts are leading to delayed deliveries to the consignees and leading shutout of export containers
Secretary - CFSAI

Erratic Functioning of EDI System at Air Cargo Complex

5th June 2014

Please note that due to erratic functioning of EDI system since yesterday, there have been lot of delay in the clearance of import and export consignment.

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


Non Functioning of EDI System at all Locations

20th May 2014

Since yesterday afternoon, it is seen that job submissions are not getting accepted in the system for both exports and imports at all locations. Complaint has been lodged with the directorate and they are looking into the matter.

VDSPL – Customer Service

Power Shut down at all the three JN Port Terminals on 1st and 2nd May 2014

30th April 2014

We have received an information that there would be Power Shut down at all the three JN Port Terminals on 1st and 2nd May 2014 in order to carry out the installation of electrical overhead conductor on new towers. Though the vessel operation shall be effected, we understand that the import deliveries and gate-in of export containers will continues and the liquid vessel will be operative.

VDSPL – Customer Service

Strike called off at Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai

28th April 2014

The Air Cargo Complex Mumbai Strike has been called off today (28/04/2014). Operations have commenced but the ongoing backlog / congestion was aggravated due to the strike and the situation at the ACC, Mumbai still remains chaotic.

VDSPL – Customer Service

Strike at Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai continues

28th April 2014

The Strike at the Air Cargo Complex still continues today (28.04.2014) causing immense inconvenience to the Trade at large. No cargo has been carted inside the Air Cargo Complex since 25th April 2014. Currently there is no update on when the strike will be called off.

We are closely monitoring the same and shall keep you updated.
Please find below the article in today’s DNA regarding the same.

Strike holds up 250cr cargo at airport

Source: DNA 28.04.2014

Cargo worth about Rs250 crore is stuck at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, with nearly 700 workers refusing to work since April 25, citing poor work conditions.

Led by Vijay Chitre of the Shiv Sena-affiliated Bhartiya Kamgar Sena, the workers claim that lack of adequate infrastructure at the cargo section, which was compounded by a new Customs notification, was pushing them to slog for long hours and leaving them stressed.

"Seven people have lost their lives in past 3-4 months due to stress. We have brought it to the attention of airport operators, Customs, and others. However, all our pleas have fallen on deaf ears," said Chitre.

Under the new notification from the Customs department, the prescribed load for manual lifting of cargo has been increased to 350 kg as against the earlier figure of 150 kg.

The protesters say manual handling of the additional load from the main entrance is eating up a lot of time. "It is not only inhuman but also violates international laws. Our demand is that cargos over 150 kg should be mechanically lifted from Gate no 4, which will also take very less time, as was done earlier," said a worker. Commissioner of Customs (export) was not available for comments.

CSIA which handles about 6 lakh metric tonnes of cargo every year and is the most important air cargo centre in the country, with various goods and machineries exported to countries across the world.

Firms that have been facing the brunt of the agitation, however, however, blame the Sena-affiliated workers' union. "Such strikes cause immense damage to trade and economy," said a member of export cargo agents' association. A source from Mumbai International Airport Limited agreed that operations had been severely affected due to the unrest. He also added that all the demands, with respect to facilities, of the workers were been met on Saturday.

VDSPL – Customer Service

Agitation at Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai

26th April 2014

We wish to inform you that due to a flash strike / agitation at the Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai, work has come to a standstill since yesterday. There is a joint meeting under way between MIAL and union to sort out the matters. Things should hopefully be streamlined by today (26/04/2014).

VDSPL – Customer Service

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)


Download file (.pdf 2MB)


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.