New Delhi: In view of the extreme requirement of oxygen and associated gear within the nation following the sudden spike in Covid-19 instances, the federal government has directed all main ports, together with the Kamarajar Port Limited, to waive-off all expenses levied by main port trusts (together with vessel associated expenses, storage expenses and many others.) for the subsequent three months or till additional orders.
All main ports have been requested to accord highest precedence within the berthing sequence to the vessels carrying consignments of medical grade oxygen, oxygen tanks, oxygen bottles, moveable oxygen turbines, oxygen concentrators, metal pipes for manufacturing oxygen cylinders and related gear, mentioned a launch issued by the Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways.
The authorities has additionally requested the port chairpersons to personally supervise logistic operations to make sure unhindered motion of such consignments for berthing of such vessel on high precedence within the port, unloading of oxygen associated cargo, coordination with customs and different authorities for quick clearance/documentation and expeditious evacuation of oxygen associated cargo from port.
The transfer comes a day after the federal government waived off customs obligation and well being cess on the import of Covid vaccines and oxygen with rapid impact for a interval of three months with rapid impact.
The determination was taken throughout a gathering chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to assessment steps taken to spice up oxygen availability within the nation.
It was prompt through the assembly that import of equipments associated to offering oxygen to the sufferers’ must be expedited. In order to enhance their manufacturing and availability and to fulfill the rising demand, it was determined to grant full exemption from fundamental customs obligation and well being cess on import of the objects associated to oxygen and oxygen associated gear for a interval of three months.