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Bonded carriers protest against NLC, stop booking of TP consignments

Bonded carriers protest against NLC, stop booking of TP consignments

LAHORE: The All Pakistan Customs Bonded Carrier Association has announced to stop all transshipment bookings of cargo to NLC at dry port Thokar Niaz Beg in protest against the NLC.

According to the association’s chairman, Shams Burney, the NLC is not accepting the (carrier) lien on the cargo resulting in losses to the bonded carriers.

In a letter to Customs authorities, Shams Burney asked the Collector concerned to issue a public notice in the light of coordination between Customs, Shipping agents and the terminals, wherein no consignment is released from the port by the custodian unless delivery order from the shipping company is issued.

The terminals at the dry port Lahore are delivering the transshipment cargo to the consignee or their clearing agent in violation of the general rule of “Right of Lien” of the “Carriers”.

Bonded carriers are operating as customs licenses and no transshipment cargo can be transported from sea port Karachi to any dry port in Pakistan other than authorized customs bonded carrier. As per transshipment rule the bonded carriers remains the custodian till the physical custody is handed over to the terminal at a declared customs station or dry port.