The Centre has allowed direct port delivery (DPD) clients and authorised economic operators (AEO) to pay terminal handling charges (THC) directly to the port terminals in a move that drastically alters the way the levy is collected.
The move is expected to end years of tussle between shipping lines and importers/exporters over the issue.
According to the government data, India’s thermal coal imports fell for three straight months for the first time in over two years, as an economic slowdown stifled demand from industries such as cement and sponge iron.
Nuvoco Vistas, the Nirma Group’s cement division, has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire the Emami Group’s nine million tonne per annum cement business for Rs 5,500-6,000 crore enterprise value to consolidate its position in the east. It is said that the Nuvoco bid is likely to trump competing offers from top cement makers such as UltraTech, Star Cement and Ambuja.