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Wheat trucks stranded at Gujarat’s Kandla Port

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The large pile-up of almost 15 lakh tonnes of wheat at Deendayal Port Trust (previously Kandla port) is not expected to grow any smaller, regardless of the fact that the central authorities on Tuesday permitted consignments be dispatched for customs on or earlier than May 13 to be exported.

Other commodities, like rice and sugar, may additionally pile up at DPT if the wheat inventory shouldn’t be cleared, officers informed TOI. Some 5 berths of DPT are occupied by wheat shares. “Due to wheat piling up at the port warehouse, and even at private warehouses near DPT, rents have shot up 200% overnight. This has added to exporters’ operating costs,” a supply stated.

DPT is a significant facility for the export of commodities from northern India. Around 5,000 trucks are stranded exterior of the port and vessels are berthed as a result of chaos.

Estimates by customs brokers and port authorities counsel that hardly 1.5 lakh tonnes could also be exported after the comfort as most of the trucks stranded had been in transit when the ban was introduced.

Aashish Joshi, a customs agent in Gandhidham, stated, “The notification says that consignments which have been issued a let export order (LEO) by the customs department can be exported. The trucks stationed outside Kandla are yet to go through this procedure.”

Usually, on loading the transport car at the wheat-producing center, the respective exporter or one’s customs dealer uploads the transport payments and different paperwork on the customs division portal for clearance. After which the designated officers look at the precise cargo at the port and concern an LEO does the consignment get an inexperienced sign for export.

Parthiv Dave, an Ahmedabad-based customs dealer, stated, “As trucks from Punjab, Gujarat, UP, and Madhya Pradesh were in transit to Kandla, there was severe chaos at the port, leading to a pile-up. Due to this, warehousing costs have gone up significantly and exporters of other commodities are also facing trouble as their shipments are getting delayed.”

There was little readability on whether or not consignments for which export paperwork had been uploaded for customs clearance could be cleared.

During the height of the summer season and within the midst of heatwave situations in elements of the state, several stranded truck drivers are struggling to search out meals and water. Many have been stranded for greater than 10 days.

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