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Customs Dept faces the music as EDI fails to transfer commodities

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EVER since the implementation of Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), primarily for export of various goods from Tiruchy airport, it has still not encouraged exporters to move away from per-ishable commodities. An exporter from Tiruppur has now registered a complaint with the Customs Department that his textiles are not being allowed to be sent to Colombo under the duty-free scheme. EDI was introduced at Tiruchy International Airport from July 1 with a mission to bring in varied goods for export such as electronics, textiles and other items. How-ever, there has been little progress since its inception, said authorities. A recent letter by an exporter named Jay Jay Mills (India) Private Limited to the Commissioner of Customs at Tiruchy stated the company was exporting garments, fabrics and accessories to several countries through Tiruchy airport. It had done air shipments from the airport under the drawback scheme.

Now, after the implementation of EDI, customs officials are not permitting the clearance of consignments under the duty-free scheme, which meant the exporter had to use facilities at Coimbatore and Chennai The exporter also cited it is too expensive for the company to carry out exports through the other airports. Airport sources confirmed the exporter sends textiles and garments to their facility in Colombo, but now it is zero. When asked, a senior customs official said the complaint has so far not made it to the customs office and if there is an issue, it would be rectified. Almost all goods that sent from the airport are perishable commodities to destinations such as Dubai, Doha, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo and Maldives. Though there is no dedicated freight service from Tiruchy airport, most passenger aircraft carry the cargo. Tiruchy International Airport reported a record 4.6 per cent rise in outgoing cargo exports handle over the previous year, where air freight totalled 6,965 tonne.

Source: epaper. newindianexpress. com//c/22661561 

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