CBIC releases flyer on Customs (Administration of Rules of Origin under Trade Agreements) Rules, 2020 (CAROTAR), containing background information for importers and other stakeholders, seeking to provide guidance on compliance of CAROTAR. The flyer provides information pertaining to FTAs, Operational Certificate Procedures, Recent trends of misuse, rules of origin, etc.. The flyer also contains FAQs as regards the filing of Form-I & Bills of entry, preferential tariff treatment, documents, identical goods, conflict between Trade Agreement and CAROTAR. Please access the clarification here
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs has decided to roll-out the Faceless Assessment at an All India level in all ports of import and for all imported goods by October 31, 2020. Please refer to the circular here.
With the aim to provide a ‘Faceless, Contactless and Paperless’ Customs administration, CBIC instructs all Principal Chief Commissioners of Customs/Chief Commissioners of Customs to setup the Turant Suvidha Kendra (TSKs) in all Customs stations by July 15, 2020. This will Enables certain functionalities in ICEGATE which would reduce the need for physical interaction between Customs and trade and also speed up the Customs clearance process.
Please refer to the notification here.
To promote a paperless environment, paperless customs, Central Board of Indirect Taxes & customs has decided to rely on digital copies of the Shipping Bill and does away with the requirement of taking physical printouts in the service center and present it to customs officers. Please access the circular here.
The CBIC has rolled out the first phase of the countrywide faceless assessment of import consignments. Introduction of faceless assessment is part of the string of reforms called ‘Turant’ Customs, which include paperless Customs through intelligent e-Sanchit and Machine Release or end-to-end automated clearance without any officer interface at any stage. Please refer to the circular here.