VCN – Among 58 shipping lines which were determined by Customs authorities transporting over 3,000 scrap containers backlogging currently at Cat Lai port, there are many shipping lines that have transported from a hundred up to 600 containers.
|Imported scraps which were non-conformity were detected by HCM City Customs at Cat Lai port in 2018. Photo: Thu Hòa|
According to the Saigon port area 1 Customs Branch, among the 58 shipping lines transporting scrap that were identified and are currently backlogged over 90 days at Cat Lai port, leading is C.L. shipping line that transported 587 containers, followed by H.M. shipping line having transported 261 containers, and A.P. transported 235 containers...
According to the deputy manager of Saigon port area 1 Customs Branch Mrs.Pham Thi Leo, in the process of classifying and processing 2,500 containers of scrap, if unauthorized scrap and environmental pollutants are detected, the Customs authorities will request the shipping lines and shipping agents that are authorized by shipping companies to take them out of Vietnamese territory.
The reason is that according to current regulations there are enough grounds to oblige shipping companies. According to the provisions of Clause 6, Article 58 of the Customs Law 2014: For goods which cause environmental pollution, owners of means of transport, operators or persons who are authorized by owners of means of transport take fully responsibility to transport those goods out of Vietnamese territory.
In addition, Article 74 of the Maritime Law 2005 stipulated the time of arising and termination of liability of the carrier. Accordingly, the carrier's liability arises from the time the carrier received the goods at the port of shipment, which is maintained during the carriage, and terminates upon delivery of the goods at the port of discharge.
Mrs. Pham Thi Leo said that nowadays, scrap containers are not received by the recipient, so it means that the delivery is not finished, thus the carrier is the shipping line and must be responsible for the goods that are shipped by them.
At the working session with the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department recently about dealing with the backlogged scrap in Cat Lai port, representatives of shipping lines said that owners of shipments not coming to receive goods caused huge financial damage to shipping lines, this includes uncirculated containers due to overcharging at the port.
Taking responsibility for the carriage of cargo, representatives of the shipping lines have admitted that they could not return the scrap to other countries, as no country would allow import if they know it is scrap. The final solution that the shipping lines can undertake is destruction.
Mrs.Pham Thi Leo, deputy manager of Saigon port area 1 Customs Branch said that at present, there are more than 4,898 backlogged containers of over 90 days since their arrival. 2,700 containers are scrap. Among those containers, the Customs authority has identified 2,500 containers are for unknown owners.
At present, the Saigon port area 1 Customs Branch is classifying, counting, and determining the price ... in order to establish the ownership of all backlogged goods under Circular 203/2014/TT-BTC on handling of backlogged goods in the area of customs operation amended and supplemented by Circular No. 57/2018 / TT-BTC of Ministry of Finance.
By Lê Thu/Thanh Thuy