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Customs paves way for life-saving drugs’ export

Date: 18-04-2020
Subject: Customs paves way for life-saving drugs’ export
Hyderabad: Amid growing Covid-19 worries and intense lockdown, Hyderabad customs is working round-the-clock to ensure seamless export and import of essential cargo, particularly life-saving medicines to various parts of the world. Hyderabad being a major pharmaceutical hub, export of drugs is crucial in the fight against Covid-19. 

At the GMR air cargo complex and inland container depots (ICDs) in Sanathnagar and Thimmapur, the customs officials clear consignments of chemicals related to pharma products, respiratory equipment, animal feed, machinery parts, etc. Around Rs 107 crore worth of IGST refund claims and Rs 15 crore of drawback claims had been facilitated for exporters during the lockdown period from March 24 to April 11. 

Stating that life-saving medicines had been airlifted to several countries like Indonesia, customs principal commissioner JS Chandrashekar said, “MHA has declared customs as an essential service and all imports and exports are to be allowed. We have cargo from ports like Chennai and Vizag and consignment coming on trains and containers to ICDs at Sanathnagar and Thimmapur.” 

He said around 30-40% of consignment is cleared in a day. “Most of the bulk drugs and formulations are exported out of the country. Covid-19 testing kits and ventilators are being imported. Qatar Airways and Turkish Airways are operating cargo services. Though China is worst affected, we are getting consignments from China also,” he said. 

“Consignments also arrive from Singapore, Hong Kong, Gulf and the US. Recently, a pharma company wanted to export hydrocychloroquine to Brazil, which was restricted initially. We allowed its export after restrictions were lifted,” he added. 

The customs also facilitated export of 50 kg of lifesaving medicine to Medan, Indonesia, by a non-scheduled flight on April 8. 

Seamless movement of cargo has also been ensured by the GST commiserate, which facilitated issuance of passes from Hyderabad to medical labs. This will enable the units to commense production of critical medical supplies. 

Source:- timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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