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24X7 Customs clearance from 1st September, 2012

10th August, 2012

As India’s trade with its global partners continue to grow, the customs ports are getting clogged with containers and bulk cargo. To reduce dwell time and grant faster clearance to export and imported goods, Indian Government has been implementing a slew of measures to reduce interaction with the Customs and by placing more trust on the trade.    

In line with the policy of trade-facilitation, specified Customs Air Cargo Complexes (ACC) and sea ports in India will be working 24x7, on pilot basis, from September, 2012. This benefit will be available for clearance of imported goods covered under facilitated bills of entry where no examination and assessment is required. If export containers are factory stuffed or consignments are covered by free shipping bills, the export goods will be granted clearance under this 24x7 facility. The ACC in Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai and sea ports in Chennai, JNPT, Kandla and Kolkata will be open 24x7 for this purpose.    

As per Circular No. 22/2012-Cus., dated 7-8-2012 issued by the Central Board of Excise & Customs, possibility of 24x7 customs clearance is being explored for all imported and export goods. The trade has also been advised to file shipping bills, required in case of exports, well in advance to ensure smooth customs clearance.    

At present, only a few customs stations - Vishakhapatnam, Kolkata, Mundra, Okha, Sikka, Mangalore, JNPT, Mumbai, Paradeep, Gopalpur, Ennore and Chennai are allowing export clearance of factory stuffed containers on 24x7 basis.    

This is the second round of facilitation by the Indian Customs since last year when self-assessment using Risk Management System was introduced and more bills of entry were allowed facilitation at the customs ports.
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