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Definition: Wharfage

It refers to the fee charged by the freight terminal on passage of the cargo or merchandise through it. It doesn’t include charges like sorting, weighing, marking, sampling, inspecting, loading, unloading, demurrage and any other charge by state or central government.

Wharfage is charged on both inbound and outbound movement. It depends upon the item transported through the terminal. Some goods and vehicles are exempted from wharfage. Example, Stevedoring equipment used in loading or unloading cargo at the port has been exempted from wharfage.

Wharfage is changed from time to time and notified through circular which contains list of items for which wharfage is applicable or exempted. This circular also consists of detailed rules and regulations of such charges.


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