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House Endorses First Proclamation On Truck Demurrage

Published on: Sat, 2013-11-23 00:00

The House of Peoples' Representatives (HPR) has endorsed the first transport demurrage draft bill, said to be necessary for the export and import of goods at a competitive cost. The implementation of the bill is expected to reduce time wastage and enable consumers to access goods that come directly from the docks in a timely manner. Exporters and consignees are also expected to benefit from the bill.

According to the proclamation, any sender, consignee or warehouse operator has the obligation to load within eight hours, and unload within six hours, trucks with a capacity of 20 tons or more. Meanwhile, they are expected to load within five hours, and unload within four hours, trucks with a capacity of less than 20 tons.

The new proclamation also obliges the Ethiopian Revenues and Customs Authority (ERCA) to conduct an inspection of goods on trucks within one hour at the port of entry, exit or transit route, or less than four hours at the destination customs station.
Similarly, the Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) is tasked, according to the proclamation, to undertake the weight inspection process within 20 minutes.
According to an explanation attached on the bill, 40 percent of trucks and vehicles are forced to stop due to procedural delays, which eventually lead to time wastage.

The law also stipulates the maximum and minimum punishment for demurrage, including any sender, consignee or warehouse operator who has failed obligations to pay demurrage to the carrier on the basis of hours of delay at different ranges. On Tuesday the HPR endorsed the law unanimously.
Source: The Reporter

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