New Delhi (NVI): The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) today insisted that no consignment of oxygen concentrators, that received as global aid, are pending at the customs warehouse for getting clearance from the authorities.
“There is no such pendency with Indian Customs. The Indian Customs is swiftly clearing all consignments and no such figures of pendency exist across any port of import,” CBIC said in a statement.
It has been reported in some sections of the media that oxygen concentrators are pending at the Customs warehouse for getting clearance from the Custom authorities. The news is totally incorrect, not based on facts and without any basis, it added.
In all, 3000 oxygen concentrators have been received from various countries as global aid to support efforts of government of India, states and UTs in their collective fight against the global pandemic.
Of these Mauritius has sent 200 oxygen concentrators, Russia (20), UK has sent in four consignments (95+120+280+174), 80 from Romania, 700 from Ireland, Thailand (30), China (1000) and Uzbekistan (151). In addition, Taiwan has sent 150, the statement said.
The oxygen concentrators are either delivered to the identified tertiary care institutions, or been dispatched for delivery. The relief material has been dispatched through road and air too. There are no oxygen contractors lying in the warehouse of the Customs Department, it is clarified, the statement read.