ANNOUNCEMENT 17 Mar 2016

Cabotage restrictions for foreign vessels have been lifted at transshipment ports.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

Official press release - 17 March 2016
http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=138099

Inception date: 17 Mar 2016 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Local operations

On 17 March 2016, the Indian Ministry of Shipping relaxed the cabotage restrictions for ports that transship at least 50% of their container handling. The relaxation will allow foreign vessels, in addition to Indian vessels, to carry Indian Export-Import (EXIM) cargo and empty containers between Indian ports.

Ports have to apply for a relaxation of such cabotage restrictions and are required to achieve transshipment of EXIM and empty cargo of at least 50% in one year. Failing which, the relaxation will be revoked and will be reconsidered only after a period of 3 years.

In September 2015, the cabotage restrictions were lifted for special vessels such as Roll-on Roll-Off, Pure Car carriers, LNG vessels, etc. The current amendment extends the relaxation to all kinds of vessels (see related State Act)

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