For the first time in 23 years, the Customs department will increase the number of Customs house agents (CHA). The first few licenses will be handed out today.
The move comes after efforts by agents, who wanted the department to open its doors to new entrants. An increase in the number of agents will help importers and exporters as it is CHAs who deliver their goods safely.
Currently, there are about 1,700 CHAs in Mumbai. Customs will now add 111 to this to facilitate smoother movement of port and air cargo. Customs officials said that the department's move was prompted by the increase in the volume of cargo coming and going from Mumbai.