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One of our business associates imported a container load of food items for his restaurant use. This is pending customs clearance in Chennai. He is running from pillar to post for the last 4 months to clear this with all sorts of certifications needed for its clearance. Any idea what is the scenario in other ports for food imports? Will greatly appreciate some in puts on this.

Asked by Good Citizen, 22 Jul '10 01:19 pm
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Hi ,Every ports are Following Several Customs Clearance Procedure for Importing Foods and Materials

The Government has enacted several laws to regulate importation of food items, livestock products, plant materials and other agricultural commodities into the country. The import of plants and plant materials is regulated as per the Plants, Fruits, Seeds (Regulation of Import into India) Order{PFS} Order, 1989 issued under the Destructive Insects & Pests Act, 1914 to prevent introduction of exotic pests and diseases into the country. The Livestock Importation Act, 1898 regulates the imports of livestock and livestock products in a manner that such imports do not adversely affect the health of human and animal population of the country. As per the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, any product not fulfilling the statutory provisions is not allowed to be imported into the country. Likewise, there are several rules, regulations, orders, notifications, etc. issued by the Governm ...more
Answered by Musfer, 22 Jul '10 01:32 pm

 
  
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Hs he taken the services of some clearing agent? I have worked with a custom clearing agent earlier and the agent always collects the rtequired documents from the importer beforehand.Then the consignment is always cleared within 2 to 3 days of it's arrival at the Indian port.And in case of food items, it must come under perishable category like medicines or chemicals.The consignment must also be attracting heavy demmurrage.It would be prudent to take the services of a custom clearing agent.
Answered by HEMANT MEHTA, 22 Jul '10 01:29 pm

 
  
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