The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs ( CBIC ) has launched e-delivery of pdf Gate pass and Final Bill of Entry to Custom Brokers and Importers.
To mitigate the unprecedented situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CBIC has taken several measures to facilitate & expedite Customs clearance process making it more and more contact-less i.e. automated and online as well as paper-less. These measures include the facility to clear goods based on an undertaking (not bond), acceptance of electronic Country of Origin certificate etc. These steps complement the earlier reforms unrolled as a part of Truant Customs such as online query module, eSanchit, web-based goods registration, electronic processing of DGFT issued licenses, machine release of imported goods based on Customs Compliance Verification and electronic transmission of PDF’-based First copy of Bill of Entry (BoE) to Customs Brokers and registered importers.
In a Circular issued by the CBIC said that, “the aforementioned reforms combine to expedite Customs clearances and reduce the transaction cost. At the same time, Board notes that the specific measures that reduce interface between the Customs authorities and the importers/exporters/Customs Brokers are especially relevant in these challenging times, to tackle the scourge of COVID-19 pandemic. In this direction, the Board has now decided to enable electronic communication of pdf based Final eOoC (electronic Out of Charge) copy of BoE and eGatepass to the importers/Customs Brokers”.
The electronic communication would reduce interface between the Customs authorities and the importers/Customs Brokers and also do away with the requirement of taking bulky printouts from the Service Centre or maintenance of voluminous physical dockets in the Customs Houses. The Final eOoC copy of BoE and eGatepass copy will be emailed to the concerned Customs Broker and/or importer, if registered, once the Out of Charge is granted. The eGatepass copy will be used by the Gate Officer or the Custodian to allow the physical exit of the imported goods from the Customs area.
Salient features of the secure electronic communication of the Final eOoC copy of BoE and the eGatepass are as follows:
Final Out of Charge (eOoC) Copy of Bill of Entry:
As of now, the physical signing of the Final OoC copy of BoE is insisted upon at many Customs locations. This necessitates the importer/Customs Broker to take a paper printout from the Service Centre to be produced before the Customs officer. It has now been decided to do away with the paper printout of the Final OoC copy of BoE. Instead, DG Systems will enable a functionality to immediately email the PDF version of the Final eOoC copy of BoE generated after OoC to the Customs Broker and/or the importer, if registered. This Final eOoC copy of BoE will have the following features-
Currently, the physically signed Final OoC copy of BoE is being verified both by the Gate officer (Customs) as well as the Custodian before allowing the actual movement of the imported goods out of the Customs premises. This physical printout is now being replaced by the PDF eGatepass generated and electronically communicated to the importer/Customs Brokers with the following salient features:
The CBIC also said that the electronic communication of the Final eOoC copy of BoE and eGatepass copy is expected to bring immense benefits in terms of time and cost of compliance and reduction in the interface for the trade, while providing enhanced security features for verification of authenticity and validity of the electronic documents. This measure would be made effective from 15 to April, 2020.Subscribe Taxscan AdFree to view the Judgment