Given the acute scarcity of medical oxygen within the nation, the federal government has directed all main ports to waive off all fees and provides precedence to oxygen and associated consignments for berthing.
These fees reminiscent of vessel associated fees and storage fees, which were waived for 3 months and could also be prolonged additional, are for medical grade oxygen, oxygen tanks, oxygen bottles, moveable oxygen turbines, oxygen concentrators, metal pipes for manufacturing oxygen cylinders and related tools.
This comes within the backdrop of an acute oxygen availability disaster within the nation amid a surge in covid-19 infections, with hospital beds and medicines operating out. The scenario is alarming with the reported deaths of critically sick covid-19 sufferers resulting from low oxygen within the nationwide capital.
“In view of the extreme requirement of oxygen and associated tools within the nation, the Authorities of India has directed all Main Ports, together with the Kamarajar Port Ltd, to waive-off all fees levied by Main Port Trusts (together with vessel associated fees, storage fees and many others.) and accord highest precedence within the berthing sequence to the vessels,” the Ministry of Ports, Delivery and Waterways mentioned in an announcement on Sunday.
A few of India’ main ports embrace: Mumbai, Chennai, Deendayal, Paradip and Kolkata. Almost 90% of India’s exports and imports by quantity and 70% by worth are routed over the oceans, together with merchandise for chemical compounds to be used in pharmaceutical and healthcare trade.
“Port Chairpersons have been requested to personally supervise logistics operations to make sure unhindered motion of such consignments for berthing of such vessel on high precedence within the port, unloading of oxygen associated cargo, coordination with Customs and different authorities for fast clearance/documentation and expeditious evacuation of oxygen-related cargo from port,” the assertion mentioned.
“In case the vessel is carrying different cargo/containers along with above mentioned oxygen-related cargo, waiver of fees on pro-rata foundation, contemplating the general cargo or containers dealt with at port, needs to be offered for oxygen-related cargo to such vessels,” the assertion added.
The federal government on Saturday additionally waived off primary customs obligation and well being cess on imported oxygen and associated tools for 3 months, efficient instantly. To step up manufacturing and availability and meet the rising demand of oxygen, the federal government has determined to grant full exemption from primary customs obligation and well being cess on import of oxygen and associated tools for 3 months.