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Customs questions APSEZ on banning Exim cargo from Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan

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Indian customs questions Adani Ports SEZ(APSEZ) ltd on its move to ban both export and import cargo to and from Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan through its port in Mundra.  

In a letter, the customs pointed out that any such action could only be taken after authorization from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade under the Exim policy, a senior official told ET.

The letter was sent 10 days ago, after on October 11 the port decided to ban Exim cargo to and from these countries.

“Ports are not authorized to take such unilateral decisions. Such decisions can be authorized only by the DGFT, another official, privy to the matter, said, adding that a port cannot selectively impose such a ban.

Due to the ban imposed by the port, many industry bodies have knocked on the government’s door. They had flagged the rise in shipment costs for local exporters and importers based in Gujarat that relied on the Mundra port.

The company had imposed the ban after a 3,000 kg heroin shipment originating from Afghanistan was seized by enforcement authorities at Mundra.

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