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April 8, 2020

13 Trade friendly initiatives taken by Customs during COVID 19

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CBIC has taken various trade friendly initiatives to avoid any possible disruptions from COVID-19

  1. 24 X 7 customs clearances of goods to avoid any supply distributions
  2. Customs formations are working for clearance of both import and export cargo. Assessment, examination and ancillary work such as bond acceptance, warehousing, port clearance, amendment to documents is happening smoothly.
  3. Dedicated novel corona virus helpdesk for Exim Trade stakeholders on CBIC website to facilitate quick resolution of issues faced.
  4. Importers can submit undertakings in lieu of the requisite bonds during the lockdown period which will be replaced by proper bond paper.
  5. The time limit for completion of proceedings and filing of any appeal under the customs act, 1962 has been extended till 30th June 2020 through an Ordinance.
  6. Based on email requisitions, computers and related accessories have been permitted by the customs to be transferred to residences of employees of software technology Parks of India (STPIs), to facilitate work from home.
  7. Late fees charged on delayed filing of bill of Entry on import consignments from COVID 19 affected countries on account of non-receipt of documents has been waived off.
  8. Importers can submit undertakings during the lockdown period which will be replaced by proper bonds later.
  9. Ordinance on relaxation of time limit for proceedings has been passed under the Customs act, 1962 till the 30th June 2020
  10. Regular coordination with District administration/ Police authorities is being maintained for smooth movement of EXIM cargo
  11. Recognizing the difficulties faced by trade in taking delivery of imported cargo, MHA has revised its guidelines, feedback from owners of customs bonded warehouses, indicates many warehouses and godowns are open and functional
  12. As per MHA directive, employees working for Customs Brokers (CBs) services are permitted to travel to the ports or Customs House on passes issued by the port.
  13. Zonal chiefs and the Board are promptly monitoring the situation through video conference meetings with the field officers and trade to resolve the emerging issues.