Customs clearance made easy with no paper documents

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Nov 28, 2016

New Delhi: Importers and exporters will not have to submit paper documents for customs clearance from December this year, as part of the government efforts to improve the ease of doing business.a

“This will help the importers and exporters to move towards electronic messaging and paper–free environment,” said the Finance Ministry on Monday.

The Central Board of Excise and Customs has now notified new norms under which importers and exporters will not be required to submit paper documents such as GAR 7 form, challans, trans-shipment permits, shipping bills and bills of entry to banks, customs ports and the Directorate General of Foreign Trade. “As 95 per cent of the importers are making e-payments for duty, these documents can be viewed on the ICEGATE e-payment Gateway, so print-outs of forms and challans are not required,” said the Ministry.

Similarly, trans-shipment permit information is sent electronically to the carrier, the transporter undertaking the trans-shipment, the custodian of the gateway port and the ICES system at the destination ICD or port so a physical print out is not required.

“It has also been decided to discontinue the printing of Exchange control copy of bill of entry,” said the Ministry. All customs houses at ports, air cargo complex, ICDs and CFCs have been asked to issue Public Notices on this move.

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