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2011-06-03

Shipping firms charging exorbitant fees

THC is levied from shippers (exporters/importers) by shipping lines for the costs borne by them at the port of shipment or destination to move/handle containers.

Exporters have lodged complaints with Commerce, Shipping Ministries alleging that export service providers such as shipping companies are currently levying 'exorbitant' fee in the name of Terminal Handling Charge (THC) on export cargo.

The report published in today's 'The Hindu Business Line' newspaper has quoted Mr S.P. Agarwal, President, Delhi Exporters Association as saying that this high fee was "illegal" as it is more than three times the official THC.

THC is levied from shippers (exporters/importers) by shipping lines for the costs borne by them at the port of shipment or destination to move/handle containers.


Exporters claim that though the THC levied from them should legally be only around Rs 2,610 per 20-feet container and Rs 5,200 for 40-feet container – official charges at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust - the service providers charge Rs 7,000-15,000 and Rs 12,000-23,000 respectively as THC.

They said these service providers do not provide them a break up of the charges even when asked.

 

They have now taken up this with the concerned ministry.

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