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HC to customs: Issue notification on courier operations by Nov 30

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Trichy: Taking serious note on the delay in launching courier operation at the Trichy international airport, the Madurai bench of Madras high court has warned customs authorities at the airport of action if they further delay commencing operation.

In November 2017, the high court had ordered the customs department at the Trichy airport to issue notification for courier import and export operations at the international airport within three months. As there was no progress, the courier agents moved a contempt of court petition against the customs authorities on February 6, 2018. They pointed out that the authorities had done nothing to issue trade notification even after the court had fixed a deadline. A petition was filed by the Association of Courier Operators seeking direction from the court to issue notification before November 30 so that the courier operators can start their business.

“Airports Authority of India had been waiting for the trade notification from the customs authorities to begin the service after establishing required infrastructure at the airport such as network connectivity. But the customs department has not been issuing trade notification on their part,” alleged S A Sayeed, president, Express Courier Operators Association.

At this juncture, the court had heavily come down the way the customs authorities were behaving, said RS Sivaram, counsel of courier operators’ association.

“The judges warned customs authorities for not complying with the court order for issuing trade notification for commencing courier operation at the airport. The court has fixed November 30 as the deadline for issuing the same”, he told TOI.


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