Jurisdiction of Customs (Preventive) Zone, Tiruchirappalli

Tiruchirappalli Customs (Preventive) Zone comprises two Commissionerates viz. Tiruchirappalli Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate and Tuticorin Customs Commissionerate. The jurisdiction of this Zone extends to (i) the whole of the State of Tamil Nadu excluding the areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Chennai Customs Zone and (ii) the Puducherry Union Territory except Mahe and Yenam.

The total coastline manned by this zone is about 950 km long (from Southern Chennai and extends up to Kerala border in the southwest near Colachel on the Arabian Sea).

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Jurisdiction of the Tiruchirapalli Customs Preventive Commissionerate

Trichy Customs Preventive Commissionerate has 5 Customs Divisions exercising control over 21 Customs Preventive Units, 2 Sea Base Units at Cuddalore & Nagapattinam, 3 International Airports at Trichy, Coimbatore & Madurai, 1 CFSs at Ambur, 9 ICDs at Karur, Pulichapallam, Arakkonam, Madurai, Irugur, Thudiyalur, Veerapandi, Chettipalayam & Hosur.

Jurisdiction of Tuticorin Commissionerate

The jurisdiction of Customs Commissionerate, Tuticorin extends to port of Tuticorin and the area under the jurisdiction of the revenue District of Tuticorin in the State of Tamil Nadu and designated shelf and Exclusive Economic Zone of India as declared by the Government of India from time to time. At present, this Custom House exercise control over Port of Tuticorin (Zone A and Zone B), 17 Container Freight Stations in Tuticorin and one private inland Container Depot operated by M/s St. John Freight Systems, Tuticorin.

Old Port

Old Port is situated at Beach road, Eastern side of the city and declared as Zone 'B' of Tuticorin Port. This office is functioning in own building in the port area.

At present a single R.C. Jetty is in use, which accommodates small vessels, bound for Male and Country Boats (Thonis) bound for Male and Colombo for Export. Tug Boats along with Barges are sailing between old port and Male in which Rough Stones, River Sand, Rock boulders, Construction materials are exported. Country Boats are sailing to Colombo, which carries chilies, Salt, country drugs, cow dung, Beedi leaves, Onion, Potatoes, Korai Mats, Rice, Utensils, and other edible items for Export. Most of the shipping Bills are free Bills and a very few of them availing Scheme Bills. The metal waste and scrap imported from Colombo & Male is being unloaded here.

A Record Management cell has been formed in 2002 in the Old Port Examination Building itself. All the Export / Import documents, registers are kept in safe custody and properly maintained for future reference. The old Port is manned by One Superintendent, one Inspector in General shift and One Inspector, One Havildar / Sepoy on other shifts.

New Port

New port is Zone 'A' of Tuticorin Port. It has following 12 berths.

Name of the Birth Berth No.
V.O.C. Main Berth I to IV
Additional Berth V & VI
Container Berth VII
Berth VIII
Berth IX
Shallow (Draught –Berth) X
Coal Jetty (No.1 & 2) XI
Oil Jetty XII

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