Transit for Goods Entering Via Calcutta

Nepal bound sea cargo comes through Calcutta and Haldia, only operational sea-ports the Government of India has permitted for transit facility to Nepal. After clearance by Indian port and customs authorities in Calcutta, cargo is forwarded by rail/road to the land customs post of the Indo-Nepal border. The procedure for clearing and forwarding of Nepal bound cargo in Calcutta port is explained hereunder:

  1. Appointment of Clearing Agent

The importer has to appoint and authorize a clearing agent in Calcutta who should be duly registered with the Indian port and customs authorities. The responsibility of the clearing agent is to clear the cargo from the shipping line, Indian port and customs authorities and to forward it to the relevant land customs post of the Indo-Nepal.

Nepal Transit and warehousing company Ltd., a public limited company and other private Nepalese and Indian clearing agents are working at Calcutta/Haldia port.

  1. Documents for Clearing

The following documents are required for clearing and forwarding the cargo in Calcutta Port

    1. Invoice of goods

    2. Bill of lading

    3. Packing and weight list

    4. Insurance policy

    5. Certificate of origin

    6. Import license issued by HMG of Nepal if applicable.

vii.    Importer's counter guarantee for clearing agent's letter of undertaking and in case of government cargo importer's counter guarantee letter addressed to Nepal Transit and Warehousing Co. Ltd. (NTWCL) for issuing undertaking to Calcutta customs.

viii.   Certified copy of L/C.

c.    Procedure for Clearing at Port

    1. All the documents for clearing should be filed with shipping line, port and customs authorities for clearing and possession of cargo.

    2. Cargo is unloaded from ship by the port authorities. If the cargo is in containers and these are not to be forwarded to Indo-Nepal border, then destuffing is done at the cost of the importer.

    3. Shipping line gives possession of cargo to the importer's clearing agent after examining all the documents and the original Bill of Lading.

    4. The importer's clearing agent gets the cargo appraised by Indian customs authorities, who open cases and make inspection in accordance with invoice, packing list etc. After satisfactory inspection, customs authorities make endorsement on import license and other papers and do the stripping and sealing of the cases.

    5. Importer's clearing agent should obtain transit insurance policy for Indian import duty leviable in favour of Collector of Customs.

    6. After completion of these formalities, the customs authorities make Customs Transit Declaration Form (CTD) which allows movement of Nepal bound cargo from Calcutta Port to the land customs post at Indo-Nepal border.