Clearance of import and export consignments at Air Cargo Complex in Andheri is going to be severely affected from Friday with the Customs officers deciding to slow down the work in protest against the recent Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids.
The CBI had raided 14 customs officers and staff alleging that they were regularly bribed by a customs house agent (CHA) Manish Sanghani. The CHA was also raided.
Five different Associations of customs officers held meetings on Thursday in which they decided to clear import and export consignments at Air Cargo only from 10.30 am to 5 pm. At present consignments are cleared till late in the night.
The Air Cargo Complex has an average daily traffic of 4,000 consignments (including both import and export).
Customs officers said after slow down of work, only 1,000 consignments would get cleared and the owners of the rest would have to come subsequent days.
On Friday the Associations would submit memorandums to chief commissioner of customs, zone-3, Vineet Kumar, under whom the Air Cargo Complex falls, to be further forwarded it to the Central Board of Excise and Customs in New Delhi.
When contacted by HT, Kumar said that he was told that the officers are little agitated. “But we won’t allow it (slow down of work) and there would be no hindrance,” he said.