KARACHI: The Model Customs Collectorate (MCC) Port Qasim has granted relief to a coal importer by issuing a delay and detention certificate and changing the consignee name of the imported cargo.

According to sources, M/s Amia Energy had imported coal in bulk on board M/V HELANA K, but could not file the Goods Declaration (GD) in the WeBOC System due to the non-issuance of the Electronic Import Form (EIF) by the concerned bank.

The importer was represented by Sharjeel Jamal of M/s UTrade Logistics, who managed to file and process the GD after due diligence. However, due to the delays, a large amount of demurrage and detention charges had accrued on the imported cargo.

The MCC Port Qasim, after verifying the facts, issued a delay and detention certificate to the importer, directing the port authorities and terminal operators to waive off the demurrage and detention charges. The MCC Port Qasim also changed the consignee name from M/s Amia Energy to M/s Attock Cement Pakistan as per the request of the importer.

The delay and detention certificate is a document issued by the customs authorities to exempt the importers from paying demurrage and detention charges in case of delays caused by customs processing or other reasons beyond their control.

MCC Port Qasim is one of the two major seaports in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, on the coastline of the Arabian Sea. It is under the administrative control of the Secretary to the Government of Pakistan for Maritime Affairs.