DHL, FedEx stop Chinese imports to India temporarily due to approval delays

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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India’s leading logistical carriers DHL and FedEx have temporarily halted shipment requests from China to India, as India’s port customs continue to delay clearances amid India-China border tensions. 

German logistics company DHL’s representative has confirmed reports that its Indian DHL Express unit has stopped pickups from mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong directed to any Indian delivery addresses. Meanwhile, US-based FedEx is yet to comment on the matter.

GCC Business News had reported last week that several Chinese consignments owned by US firms Dell, Cisco and Apple were stuck at the Indian ports due to delay in clearance.

Earlier, Indian electronics and mobile industry group ICEA announced its partners to expect delays at Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi Airports due to additional examination procedures mandated for all consignments.

According to reports, shipments of components used in pharmaceuticals are also facing similar delays as they await government clearances at ports. There has been no suggestion on why pharmaceutical components face the delay.

Amazon India and United Parcel Service are yet to comment on the possible shipment delays.