North Central Railway
No. 11PR/04/2020Press ReleaseDate: 24.04.20
Indian Railways announces slew of Incentives for Freight Traffic during COVID pandemic
Considering the pandemic COVID-19, Indian Railways has announced slew of incentives to the freight customers. These incentives are expected to boost the economy by aiding country’s export. These incentives will make customers to register their demands for goods electronically instead of going to goods shed physically, thus making it more convenient, speedier and transparent process.
1.Non levy of Demurrage, Wharfage and other ancillary charges
In view of COVID pandemic, Railway Board has decided that under force majeure, Demurrage, Wharfage, Stacking, Stabling charges will not arise in case of goods/parcel traffic. Similarly Detention Charge and Ground Usage Charge will also not arise for container traffic. These guidelines are applicable from 22.03.2020 to 03.05.2020.
2.Extension of Electronic registration of demand (e-RD) andElectronic Transmission of Railway Receipt(eT-RR) facility in case of Freight Forwarders, Iron & Steel, Iron Ore and Salt traffic
Electronic registration of demand (e-RD) provides the facility to customers to register their demands for goods electronically instead of having to visit the goods sheds physically. It is simpler, convenient, speedier and transparent.
Electronic Transmission of Railway Receipt (eT-RR) is a step-above paperless transaction system where Railway receipt is also generated and transmitted electronically to customer through FOIS, and even delivery of goods is given through e-surrender of eT-RR. This eliminates the need for customer to travel to goods shed for demand registration, receiving RR/invoice and for taking delivery of goods.
3.Delivery of goods in absence of Railway Receipt (RR)
As far as possible, customers are being encouraged to opt for eT-RRs, so that Original paper RRs do not have to be carried to destination points for taking delivery of goods.
However even in case of paper RR , consignor(party sending material ) will provide details of consignee/receiver like name, designation, Aadhar, PAN, GSTIN at the origination station which will be conveyed to destination through commercial control. Delivery will be given after verification of these details in TMS and collecting unstamped indemnity note stating that any claim arising thereof would be their responsibility and fax/scanned/photocopy of RR.These guidelines are valid upto 03.05.2020.
4.Policy measure to encourage container traffic:
a.Non levy of Haulage Charge for movement of empty containers and empty flat
In view of lockdown due to COVID19, Railway Board has decided that no Haulage Charge will be levied for movement of empty containers and empty flat wagons from 24.03.2020 till 30.04.2020. This is expected to give a boost not only to IR but also the economy by aiding exports.
b.Relaxation under Hub & Spoke system of charging for container traffic
Railways permit telescopic rate benefit to containers that are transported from one point to another, with a break/transit point in between. This is called Hub & Spoke system. Under extant guidelines, the break at in-between transit point is limited to five days. Keeping in view the fact that ICDs are choked due to delays in clearance of cargo due to the impact of corona virus, Railway Board has decided to relax the limit from five days to fifteen days for availing the telescopic benefit from 16.04.2020 to 30.05.2020.
5.Relaxations in Freight transportation:
Railways has transportation products/schemes for customers who want to book less than standard length rakes, rakes originating at two points, rakes with two destinations etc. These are offered with certain conditions like distance restrictions etc due to operational optimisation.Following relaxations have been affected during covidlockdown:-
a.Distance restriction for mini rake was 600 km, which was increasedto 1000 kms for intra zonal traffic. Now the same has been permitted uo to 1500 km for both inter zonal and intra zonal traffic.
b.Similarly, there is a distance restriction for rakes originating at two points that two loading points should not be apart by more than 200 km in lean season and 400 km in busy season. This is so to ensure optimal utilization of rakes. The distance restriction has nowbeen relaxed to allow loading points to be apart upto500 km, regardless of the season.
c.Further, there are a prescribed number of wagons to be loaded for availing train load benefit. If lesser than this number of wagons are booked than wagon-load rates apply, which are a bit higher.
A relaxation in this has been granted to BCNHL wagons, which are a type of covered wagons primarily used for bagged consignments, likefoodgrains, agricultural produce like onions etc. Minimum number of wagons to be loaded for availing train load benefit in these has been reduced from 57 to 42 wagons now, with a view to support loading of essential food items.
All these relaxations in para 5 are valid till 30.09.2020.