Multi Country Consolidation (MCC)

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Important note: This article is a part of the project, Products of Sri Lanka Customs.

Multi Country Consolidation (MCC) is actually a combination of single or multiple transshipments and exports. To consolidate the cargo a Customs bonded warehouse can be used . The whole MCC operation can be handled with the usual transshipment and exporting procedures.



Basic Procedure

Registration

  1. Open a SLPA account. The opening deposit amount is Rs.500,000
  2. If the operator is already having a SLPA account, the balance of the account should be over Rs.250,000 to start a new operation. (not mandatory, but SLPA will start warning when the account balance is less than Rs.250,000)

De-Stuffing

  1. Get the approval from the TS office at the port, get the manifest approved and get the TS number.
  2. Prepare the REQUEST FOR STUFFING/DE-STUFFING OF CONTAINER form for de-stuffing. (see documentation)
  3. Get the approval from the Customs. (see Approvals)
  4. Get the de-stuffing card from the Canal Yard. This card should be submitted to the warehouse in order to grant the access. The containers will be transported to the approved warehouse and de-stuffed by the SLPA. (see Applicable Charges)
  5. Do the de-stuffing.
  6. Get the endorsement “Completed” on the pink card.

Stuffing

  1. Get the approval from the TS office at the port. Get the TS number.
  2. Prepare the REQUEST FOR STUFFING/DE-STUFFING OF CONTAINER form for stuffing. (see documentation)
  3. Get the approval from the Customs. (see Approvals)
  4. Get the stuffing pink card from the Canal Yard.
  5. Do the stuffing.
  6. Get the endorsement “Completed” on the pink card.
  7. Send the containers to the terminal.

Consolidation Warehouse

Usually SLPA gives approval to use BQ3 warehouse for MCC operations including transshipments. The pink card issued by the Canal Yard is the entry permission to the warehouse.

Usually SLPA transports the containers to the warehouse and do the de-stuffing. If the operator needs to consolidate the local cargo, then they should be taken into the port in containers. The imported/transshipment cargo can be stuffed into the same containers at the warehouse.  

Documentation

Transshipment

In order to complete any MCC operation, the operator should obtain the approval for the necessary transshipments included in it.

TS Number

TS number is issued by the Transshipment office at port.

Documents required obtaining a TS number:

  1. A requesting letter.
  2. Filled transshipment application.
  3. Filled Request for Stuffing/De-Stuffing Container form.

TS numbers is written on the request letter by the officers at the transshipment office. Transshipment office makes the endorsement of TRANSSHIPMENT OFFICE MANIFESTED.

Customs Approval

Customs approval should be obtained before doing both stuffing and de-stuffing, In order to grant the approval below documents are required.

  1. Request letter (see documentation)
  2. TS number and the endorsement of TRANSSHIPMENT OFFICE MANIFESTED.
  3. Filled transshipment application.
  4. Filled Request for Stuffing/De-Stuffing Container form.

If all the documents are in order, Customs makes the endorsement of ALLOWD UNDER CUSTOMS SUPERVISION. This endorsement is done by the SC (Mr.D.M.G.Nimalthilake) at Exports Division of the Customs House. (as at June 2012)

Approvals

Transshipment Cargo

For each transshipment processed, the operator has to obtain the approval from the Exports Division of the Customs. The request letter (TS issued), filled transshipment application and filled request for stuffing/de-stuffing container form should be submitted to the Export Division of Customs for the approval. If all documents are in order, then SC Exports, makes the endorsement Allowed Under Customs Supervision and stamps the request letter.No Customs declarations are necessary for transshipment cargo.

Local Cargo

The portion of local cargo which is consolidated with the transshipment cargo is considered as normal exports. An export Custom declaration should be made as usual as described in the Exportation section of this report. (See Exportation)

Applicable Charges

  • No charges from the Customs for approvals.
  • All SLPA charges will be deducted from the SLPA account automatically.

MCC Handled Inside of Port (SLPA Charges)

Rate per container

Operation 20ft 40ft Over 40ft
MCC de-stuffing 47.35 71.25 71.25
MCC stuffing 47.35 71.25 71.25
If the container is de-stuffed or stuffed more than once in the same place without any shifting 22.00 33.00 33.00
If the container is de-stuffed or stuffed more than once by shifting 47.35 71.25 71.25

MCC Handled Outside of Port (SLPA Charges)

Operation 20ft 40ft Over 40ft
Discharging and delivery of MCC containers - transshipment cargo only 37.00 57.50 71.00
Discharging and delivery of MCC containers - transshipment cargo + local cargo (including de-stuffing local + transshipment cargo into warehouse) 148.00 228.00 281.00
Receiving and loading of MCC containers – transshipment cargo only 37.00 57.50 71.00
Receiving and loading of MCC containers – transshipment cargo + local cargo 148.00 228.00 281.00
Operation (storage rent) – Delivery (laden) 21 days free of rent 5.20/day 10.40/day 15.90/day
Operation (storage rent) – Receiving (laden) 7 days free of rent 5.20/day 10.40/day 15.90/day

All charges are in USD




--Gishan Chaturanga 17:32, 10 July 2012 (IST)