CBIC will soon implement paperless customs compliance for exports


NEW DELHI: The Chairman of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) Mr. Vivek Johri suggested that the Council is working on a new system allowing online registration of goods exports, in order to facilitate the integration of customs systems with other regulatory bodies.

The system for outbound shipments will be consistent with the existing customs clearance process for imports and ensure faster customs clearances for shipments, CBIC Chairman Vivek Johri said last Thursday.

“We still have a physical registration process on the export side…but we are working on a system where registration of goods on the web is possible which would mean there is no need for a broker or an exporter goes to a port to submit his documents to customs to initiate the process”, Johri said.

Indian Customs Electronic Gateway (ICEGATE) is CBIC’s national customs portal that provides e-filing services, including e-filing of Entry Declaration (Import Commodity Declaration), Shipping Invoices (Export Commodity Declaration), electronic payment of customs duties, the common signature utility to sign all customs formalities. Documents, to trade, freight carriers and other trading partners electronically. At present, around 43,542 users are registered with ICEGATE which serves over 12.5 lakh importers/exporters.

“You are familiar with the single window on the import side. We are trying to introduce something similar on the export side. Some shipments for export require regulatory intervention by regulatory bodies, such as drug controllers or other agencies. We are trying to integrate Customs ICEGATE with these agencies. This will further reduce the time needed to release export shipments,” Johri said at the CII National Exports Summit.

Johri also said that the average customs clearance time, which is measured by the time of arrival of goods at the port and their actual departure, of the export cargo, has been cut in half. The Trade Facilitation Action Plan, which ends in 2023, has set a target of an average customs clearance time of 24 hours and 12 hours for exports via seaports and airports, respectively.

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