Israel's enhanced container security checks comes at shippers' expense

2012 03 02


THE Israeli authorities have announced that a new container security procedure will be implemented on boxes booked for Haifa and Ashdod, but unloaded from the vessel at the other port.

According to Israel's Port2Port news site, in the first stage of the new security rule, imported containers considered to be risky by a customs profiling system and unloaded at the port of Haifa, under an Ashdod bill of lading, will be X-ray screened before departing to Ashdod. But imported containers considered to be risky will be moved without screening.

In the final stage, this new procedure will be implemented on containers booked for the ports of Haifa or Ashdod, but in fact unloaded from the vessel at the other port, and moved at the expense of the ocean carrier by rail or truck, prior to customs clearance.

The ocean carrier and/or the customs broker or forwarding agent, has no direct or indirect control over these container security inspections, which will lead to delays and extra expenses, the report said.

The extra costs are due to port fees, loading and unloading truck at the port, transfer costs to X-ray screening area, return the container to the port, warehousing (if applicable) and waiting time at the X-ray screening area (if applicable), which will be charged to the importer upon release of the delivery order.

The ocean carriers intend to roll these higher operating costs onto the importers, as per the tariff table that will be distributed at later stage. These new expenses are expected to impact containers being moved under DDU/ DAP /DDP terms.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News
 

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