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THE MAJOR PORT TRUSTS ACT, 1963

Title : THE MAJOR PORT TRUSTS ACT, 1963

Year : 1963



(1) Every Board shall from time to time frame a scale of rates at which, and a statement of the conditions under which, any of the services specified here under shall be performed by itself or any person authorised under section 42 at or in relation to the port or port approaches-

(a) Transhipping of passengers or goods between vessels in the port or port approaches;

(b) Landing and shipping of passengers or goods from or to such vessels to or from any wharf, quay, jetty, pier, dock, berth, mooring, stage or erection, land or building in the possession or occupation of the Board or at any place within the limits of the port or port approaches;

(c) Cranage or porterage of goods on any such place;

(d) Wharfage, storage or demurrage of goods on any such place;

(e) Any other service in respect of vessels, passengers or goods, excepting the services in respect of vessels for which fees are chargeable under the Indian Ports Act.

(2) Different scales and conditions may be framed for different classes of goods and vessels.



(1) Every Board shall, from time to time, also frame a scale of rates on payment of which, and a statement of conditions under which, any property belonging to, or in the possession or occupation of, the Board, or any place within the limits of the port or the port approaches may be used for the purposes specified here under:-

(a) Approaching or lying at or alongside any buoy, mooring, wharf, quay, pier, dock, land, building or place as aforesaid by vessels;

(b) Entering upon or plying for hire at or on any wharf, quay, pier, dock, land, building, road, bridge or place as aforesaid by animals or vehicles carrying passengers or goods;

(c) Leasing of land or sheds by owners of goods imported or intended for export or by steamer agents;

(d) Any other use of any land, building, works, vessels or appliances belonging to or provided by the Board.

(2) Different scales and conditions may be framed for different classes of goods and vessels.

(3)1* Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), the Board may, by auction or by inviting tenders, lease any land or shed belonging to it or in its possession or occupation at a rate higher than that provided under sub-section (1).

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1. Ins. by Act 17 of 1982, s. 13 (w.e.f. 31.5.1982).

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A Board may, from time to time, frame a consolidated scale of rates for any combination of the services specified in section 48 or for any combination of such service or services with any user or permission to use any property belonging to or in the possession or occupation of the Board, as specified in section 49.



In framing scales under any of the foregoing provisions of this Chapter, the Board may prescribe a lower rate in respect of,--

(a) Costal goods, that is to say, goods, other than imported goods as defined in the Customs Act, 1962, (52 of 1962.) carried in a vessel from one Indian port to another Indian port:

Provided that the Board shall not make any discrimination between one Indian port and another such port in prescribing a lower rate under this section;

(b) Other goods, in special cases.



Every scale of rates and every statement of conditions framed by a Board under the foregoing provisions of this Chapter shall be submitted to the Central Government for sanction and shall have effect when so sanctioned and published by the Board in the Official Gazette.



A Board may, in special cases and for reasons to be recorded in writing, exempt either wholly or partially any goods or vessels or class of goods or vessels from the payment of any rate or of any charge leviable in respect thereof according to any scale in force under this Act or remit the whole or any portion of such rate or charge so levied.



(1) Whenever the Central Government considers it necessary in the public interest so to do, it may, by order in writing together with a statement of reasons therefor, direct any Board to cancel any of the scales in force or modify the same, within such period as that Government may specify in the order.

(2) If any Board against whom a direction is made under sub-section (1) fails or neglects to comply with such direction within the specified period, the Central Government may cancel any of such scales or make such modifications therein as it may think fit:

Provided that before so cancelling or modifying any scale the Central Government shall consider any objection or suggestion which may be made by the Board during the specified period.

(3) When in pursuance of this section any of the scales has been cancelled or modified, such cancellation or modification shall be published by the Central Government in the Official Gazette and shall thereupon have effect accordingly.



No person shall be entitled to a refund of an overcharge made by a Board unless his claim to the refund has been preferred in writing by him or on his behalf to the Board within six months from the date of payment duly supported by all relevant documents:

Provided that a Board may of its own motion remit overcharges made in its bills at any time.



(1) When any Board is satisfied that any charge leviable under this Chapter has been short-levied or erroneously refunded, it may issue a notice to the person who is liable to pay such charge or to whom the refund has erroneously been made, requiring him to show cause why he should not pay the amount specified in the notice:

Provided that no such notice shall be issued after the expiry of two years,-

(a) When the charge is short-levied, from the date of the payment of the charge;

(b) Where a charge has been erroneously refunded, from the date of the refund.

(2) The Board may, after considering the representation, if any, made by the person to whom notice is issued under sub-section (1), determine the amount due from such person and thereupon such person shall pay the amount so determined.



A Board shall not lease, farm, sell or alienate any power vested in it under this Act of levying rates without the prior sanction of the Central Government.



Rates in respect of goods to be landed shall be payable immediately on the landing of the goods and rates in respect of goods to be removed from the premises of a Board, or to be shipped for export, or to be transhipped, shall be payable before the goods are so removed or shipped or transhipped.



(1) For the amount of all rates leviable by a Board under this Act in respect of any goods, and for the rent due to the Board for any buildings, plinths, stacking areas, or other premises on or in which any goods may have been placed, the Board shall have a lien on such goods and may seize and detain the same until such rates and rents are fully paid.

(2) Such lien shall have priority over all other liens and claims, except for general average and for the ship-owners lien upon the said goods for freight and other charges where such lien exists and has been preserved in the manner

provided
in sub-section (1) of section 60, and for money payable to the Central Government 1*["under any law for the time being in force relating to customs, other than by way of penalty or fine"].

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1. Subs. by Act 29 of 1974, s. 21, for certain words (w.e.f.1.2.1975).

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(1) If the master or owner of any vessel or his agent, at or before the time of landing from such vessel any goods at any dock, wharf, quay, stage, jetty, berth, mooring or pier belonging to or in the occupation of a Board, gives to the Board a notice in writing that such goods are to remain subject to a lien for freight or other charges payable to the ship-owner, to an amount to be mentioned in such notice, such goods shall continue to be liable to such lien to such amount.

(2) The goods shall be retained in the custody of the Board at the risk and expense of the owners of the goods until such lien is discharged as hereinafter mentioned; and go down or storage rent shall be payable by the party entitled to such goods for the time during which they may be so retained.

(3) Upon the production before any officer appointed by the Board in that behalf of a document purporting to be a receipt for, or release from, the amount of such lien, executed by the person by whom or on whose behalf such notice has been given, the Board may permit such goods to be removed without regard to such lien,

provided that the Board shall have used reasonable care in respect to the authenticity of such document.



(1) A Board may, after the expiry of two months from the time when any goods have passed into its custody, or in the case of animals and perishable or hazardous goods after the expiry of such shorter period not being less than twenty-four hours after the landing of the animals or goods as the Board may think fit, sell by public auction 1*[or in such case as the Board considers it necessary so to do, for reasons to be recorded in writing, sell by tender, private agreement or in any other manner], such goods or so much thereof as, in the opinion of the Board, may be necessary

(a) If any rates payable to the Board in respect of such goods have not been paid, or

(b) If any rent payable to the Board in respect of any place on or in which such goods have been stored has not been paid, or

(c) If any lien of any ship-owner for freight or other charges of which notice has been given has not been discharged and if the person claiming such lien for freight or other charges has made to the Board an application for such sale.

(2) Before making such sale, the Board shall give ten days notice of the same by publication thereof in 1*[ the Port Gazette, or where there is no Port Gazette, in the Official Gazette] and also in at least one of the principal local daily newspapers:

Provided
that in the case of animals and perishable or hazardous goods, the Board may give such shorter notice and in such manner as, in the opinion of the Board, the urgency of the case admits of.

(3) If the address of the owner of the goods has been stated on the manifest of the goods or in any of the documents which have come into the hands of the Board, or is otherwise known, notice shall also be given to him by letter delivered at such address, or sent by post, but the title of a bona fide purchaser of such goods shall not be invalidated by reason of the omission to send such notice, nor shall any such purchaser be bound to inquire whether such notice has been sent.

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, arms and ammunition and controlled goods may be sold at such time and in such manner as the Central Government may direct.

Explanation: In this section and section 62-

(a) "Arms and ammunition" have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Arms Act, 1959; (54 of 1959.)

(b) "Controlled goods" means goods the price or disposal of which is regulated under any law for the time being in force.

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1. Subs. by Act 29 of 1974, s. 21, for certain words (w.e.f.1.2.1975).

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(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, where any goods placed in the custody of the Board upon the landing thereof are not removed by the owner or other person entitled thereto from the premises of the Board within one month from the date on which such goods were placed in their custody, the Board may, if the address of such owner or person is known, cause a notice to be served upon him by letter delivered at such address or sent by post, or if the notice cannot be so served upon him or his address is not known, cause a notice to be published in 1*[the Port Gazette or where there is no Port Gazette, in the Official Gazette] and also in at least one of the principal local daily newspapers, requiring him to remove the goods forthwith and stating that in default of compliance therewith the goods are liable to be sold by public auction 2*[or by tender, private agreement or in any other manner]:

Provided that where all the rates and charges payable under this Act in respect of any such goods have been paid, no notice of removal shall be so served or published under this sub-section unless two months have expired from the date on which the goods were placed in the custody of the Board.

(2) The notice referred to in sub-section (1) may also be served on the agents of the vessel by which such goods were landed.

(3) If such owner or person does not comply with the requisition in the notice served upon him or published under sub-section (1), the Board may, at any time after the expiration of two months from the date on which such goods were placed in its custody, sell the goods by public auction 2*[or in such cases as the Board considers it necessary so to do, for reasons to be recorded in writing sell by tender, private agreement or in any other manner] after giving notice of the sale in the manner specified in sub-sections (2) and (3) of section

(4) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1) or sub-section (3):

(a) The Board may, in the case of animals and perishable or hazardous goods, give notice of removal of such goods although the period of one month or, as the case may be, of two months specified in sub-section (1) has not expired or give such shorter notice of sale and in such manner as, in the opinion of the Board, the urgency of the case requires;

(b) Arms and ammunition and controlled goods may be sold in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (4) of section 61.

(5) The Central Government may, if it deems necessary so to do in the public interest, by notification in the Official Gazette, exempt any goods or classes of goods from the operation of this section.

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1. Ins. by Act 29 of 1974, s. 22 (w.e.f. 1.2.1975).

2. Subs. by s. 22 ibid., for "the official gazette"(w.e.f.1.2.1975).

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(1) The proceeds of every sale under section 61 or section 62 shall be applied in the following order-

(a) In payment of the expenses of the sale;

(b) In payment, according to their respective priorities, of the liens and claims excepted in sub-section (2) of section 59 from the priority of the lien of the Board;

(c) In payment of the rates and expenses of landing, removing, storing or warehousing the same, and of all other charges due to the Board in respect thereof 1*[including demurrage (other than penal demurrage) payable in respect of such goods for a period of four months from the date of landing];

(d)1* In payment of any penalty or fine due to the Central Government under any law for the time being in force relating to customs;

(e) In payment of any other sum due to the Board.

(2)2* The surplus, if any, shall be paid to the importer, owner or consignee of the goods or to his agent, on an application made by him in this behalf within six months from the date of the sale of the goods.

(3) Where no application has been made under sub-section (2), the surplus shall be applied by the Board for the purposes of this Act.

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1. Subs. by Act 29 of 1974, s. 23, for "the official gazette" (w.e.f. 1.2.1975)

2. Ins. by s. 23, ibid. (w.e.f. 1.2.1975).

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(1) If the master of any vessel in respect of which any rates or penalties are payable under this Act, or under any regulations or orders made in pursuance thereof, refuses or neglects to pay the same or any part thereof on demand, the Board may distrain or arrest such vessel and the tackle, apparel and furniture belonging thereto, or any part thereof, and detain the same until the amount so due to the Board, together with such further amount as may accrue for any period during which the vessel is under distraint or arrest, is paid.

(2) In case any part of the said rates or penalties, or of the cost of the distress or arrest, or of the keeping of the same, remains unpaid for the space of five days next after any such distress or arrest has been so made, the Board may cause the vessel or other things so distrained or arrested to be sold, and, with the proceeds of such sale, shall satisfy such rates or penalties and costs, including the costs of sale remaining unpaid, rendering the surplus (if any) to the master of such vessel on demand.



If a Board gives to the officer of the Central Government whose duty it is to grant the port-clearance to any vessel at the port, a notice stating,-

(i) That an amount specified therein is due in respect of rates, fines, penalties or expenses chargeable under this Act or under any regulations or orders made in pursuance thereof, against such vessel, or by the owner or master of such vessel in respect thereof, or against or in respect of any goods on board such vessel; or

(ii) That an amount specified therein is due in respect of any damage referred to in section 116 and such amount together with the cost of the proceedings for the recovery thereof before a Magistrate under that section has not been realised, such officer shall not grant such port-clearance until the amount so chargeable or due has been paid or, as the case may be, the damage and cost have been realised.

Last updated on April, 2016

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