No. CEPC/SEC/P&P/2016/ Dated: 1st December, 2016
All Members of the Council.
Sub. : Ease of doing business, reducing/ eliminating printouts in Customs Clearance.
We are pleased to inform you that ease of doing business has been further enhanced by reducing/eliminating physical paper printouts /paper documents for the purpose of custom clearance. This step will facilitate in promoting a paper free environment besides reducing cost of transactions. The circular No 55/2016-Customs dated 23rd November, 2016 (copy enclosed) issued from Central Board of Excise and Customs, Ministry of Finance and subsequent letter No. 12014/15/2014-IT Vol-II pt-1 dated 30th Nov,2016 received from Ministry of Textiles by which the following documents have been dispensed for physical printing w.e.f 01.12.2016:
1. GAR 7 Forms/TR-6 Challans were being printed (3 copies) with the assessed copies of bill of entry. It has been decided to dispense with such printouts and the said documents will not printed by default.
2. Transshipment permit copy – In case of transshipment of cargo from a seaport to a ICD or to another seaport the transshipment was being printed. It has been decided to dispense with this copy because of electronic connectivity between the gateway port and the ICD.
3. Shipping Bill (Exchange Control Copy and Export Promotion Copy) : At the time of giving let export order these copies used to be printed to be given to authorized dealer and DGFT respectively. These copies have been dispenses with because detailed copy of shipping bill is not required by the authorized dealer and CBEC is providing digitally signed copy to DGFT.
4. Bill of Entry (Exchange Control Copy) is being dispensed with because RBI has decided to do away with the requirement for the banks to obtain a physical copy of bill of entry from the importer as an evidence of import because data can be transferred in secured manner from the system of Customs department to IDPMS (Import Data Processing and Monitoring System).
However, there could be reasons like manual BoEs, insistence of importer, exporter etc. Board, has therefore, stated that in such cases printouts may be provided on demand.
Members are requested to make note of the above.
SHIV KUMAR GUPTA
Executive Director cum Secretary