Ministry of Shipping declares transport service for carriage of goods by water and services w.r.t. loading/unloading/movement/storage of goods an essential service, amidst the lockdowns

Ministry of Shipping declares transport service for carriage of goods by water and services w.r.t. loading/unloading/movement/storage of goods an essential service, amidst the lockdowns

The Ministry of Shipping (“Ministry”), through an Order dated 23rd March, 2020, clarified that transport service for carriage of goods by water and any service connected with loading, unloading, movement or storage of goods in any port is an essential service.

This has been done in order to keep the said services exempt from the prohibitory Orders of various States/ Union Territories, on non-essential services, amidst the corona virus (COVID-19) crisis in the country.

Source: Ministry of Shipping

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