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Contactless Customs: CBIC notifies Turant Suvidha Kendra & Other Initiatives to all Custom Formations by July 15 [Read Circular]

By Mariya Paliwala -

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notified Turant Suvidha Kendra (TSK)  and other initiatives for Contactless Customs to all custom formations by July 15, 2020.

The Board under its flagship “Turant Customs program aimed at providing a ‘Faceless, Contactless and Paperless Customs administration, has recently introduced a number of initiatives that leverage technology in order to enhance the efficiency in the Customs clearance processes thereby leading to speedy clearance, transparency in decision making, ease of doing business and very importantly, reduce physical contact in the prevailing pandemic situation.

The initiatives include, amongst others, automated clearance of Bills of Entry, digitization of Customs documents, paperless clearance, Faceless Assessment, and establishment of Turant Suvidha Kendra at Bengaluru and Chennai.

Considering the benefits ushered in by providing a single point interface, the Board has decided to extend TSKs to all the Customs formations for carrying out the functions. The Principal Chief Commissioner of Customs/ Chief Commissioners of Customs is advised to set up the TSKs in all Customs stations by July 15, 2020.

This step is being taken in advance of the pan-India rollout Faceless Assessment, which would be done in phases to be announced soon.

“The Directorate General of Systems, CBIC has now enabled a functionality within ICEGATE login which allows the exporters to make an online request form registration/modification of their AD Code Bank Account(s) and also electronically submit the Passbook copy or Bank Authorisation letter through e-Sanchit. The exporters would also have access to a Dashboard to view the status of approval and acceptance at PFMS, for quick rectification at their end. The detailed step-by-step guide is available on the ICEGATE portal a in/Download/Bank Account Management Advisory pdf,” the CBIC in the Circular notified.

“Presently, importers or their representatives are required to physically visit Customs House for a physical debit of Bonds after the Bill of Entry is returned to the importer) for the payment of duty. On review, it has been decided to do away with this requirement. Instead, ICES would automatically debit the Bond and reflect the same in the first copy of the Bill of Entry, provided the details of the Bond are provided during submission of the Bill of Entry. As has been re-iterated earlier, trade is encouraged to use a continuity bond to avoid procedures related to repeat submission of Bonds,” the circular said.

To Read the full text of the Circular CLICK HERE