Ports carrying oxygen related machines will not have to pay port charge

'MV Hai Naam 86' Ship (Photo Credit- twitter.com/mansukhmandviya)

‘MV Hai Naam 86’ Ship (Photo Credit- twitter.com/mansukhmandviya)

In the second wave of Corona, cases of medical oxygen (Oxygen) deficiency are coming up in hospitals of various states.

New Delhi. The country is currently battling the second wave of Coronavirus. Due to this, the demand for oxygen has increased significantly. At the same time, amid the oxygen crisis, the government has said that it has instructed all the major ports not to take charge from ships carrying oxygen and other related equipment and goods.

The port, shipping and waterways ministry said in a statement on Sunday that it has asked all major ports to prioritize ships carrying medical grade oxygen, oxygen tanks, oxygen bottles, portable oxygen generators and oxygen constructors to reach the port.

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Instructions to remove all charges levied by the port trustThe statement said that in view of the great need of oxygen, Kamarajar Port Ltd. All the major ports including, have been asked to remove all the charges levied by the Major Port Trust. These include ship-related charges and storage charges as well. The port chiefs have been asked to personally oversee the logistics operations, so that there is no problem in their movement. Such vessels should not take long to arrive at the port and should be given priority

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Mansukh Mandaviya said in a tweet, “Ship ‘MV Hai Nam 86’ has reached Deendayal Port. It has steel cylinder tubes making oxygen cylinders. On reaching close to the port, this vessel was given the highest priority in reaching the shore. This step has been taken amid lack of oxygen in the country.

Custom duty exemption on imports
The government on Saturday announced abolition of customs duty on import of medical grade oxygen and related equipment along with Kovid vaccine.

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