Small paper mills cry over port logistics fees

Chennai: Small paper mills have alleged that more than 35,000 waste paper containers imported from Europe are being held at Inland Container Depots (ICDs) and Container Loading Stations (CFS) in various parts of the country.

This, the Indian Association for Agro and Recycled Paper Mills (IARPMA) said, is because customs officials are not implementing the government directive on exempting port logistics charges during the shutdown period between 22 March and May 3. In an SOS communication to the Ministry of Commerce&industry,theministryoffinanceandthegeneraldirectorateofmaritimetransport(ministryofmaritimetransport),iarpmahasdeclaredthatsmallpapermillsaresufferinggreatlossessincetheycannotstartoperationsdespitetheassentfromthegovernmentsincetherawmaterialisstuckintheports.icdsandcfssarefailingtocomplywithgovernmentdirectivesandaredemandingunjustifiedsanctionsamountingtoalmostrs1croreandbeyondtheabilityofsmallpapermillstopay,iarpmasaidinastatement.

accordingtoiarpma,boththeministryoffinance(centralboardofindirecttaxesandcustoms)andtheministryoftransportation(generaldirectorateoftransportation)haddirectedtheportsandallthecountry'smaincommissionersandchiefcustomscommissionersontheexemptionfromdelays.,arrestsandgroundrentalforexportorimportofgoods/shipmentsduringtheclosingperiodfrommarch22tomay3.

thelackofavailabilityofrawmaterials,thatis,wasteofpaper,addstothemiseriesofsmall-scalepapermanufacturerswhoarerequiredtocomplywithalllegalobligations,thepaymentofwages,inadditiontosupportingotherheavyexpensessuchasenergybills,disinfectionofplantsandworkersandinstallationoffacilitiesforthestayofworkersinthemillfacilities.smallpapermillshavewelcomedtheseinitiativestocontainthecovid-19pandemic,butmillsshouldnotbeunnecessarilybotheredforcomplyingwithblockaderegulations,”saidpramodaggarwal,presidentofiarpma.

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