Koteswara Rao VBSS

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) had initiated a new path for reducing deforestation. CBIC on 22 nd June 2020 had launched a paperless customs export processing with a bourne at trade facilitation. The Chairman of CBIC Mr. M. Ajith Kumar along with his board members launched this paperless processing for customs export under Turant customs on June 22 nd through video conferencing. It is a sagacious initiative to promote the ease of doing business with the enhanced utilization of technology and its wings.

Beneath this preliminary step, Mr. Ajith Kumar unveiled a secure QR code shipping bill enabled with PDF LEO (Let Export Order), and a copy of the export Gate pass will be sent electronically to the exporters immediately after the customs allow export. This one-stroke initiative eliminates the necessity of the exporters to approach the customs officers for the proof of export. It also keeps the end to end customs export process entirely electronic, right from the filing of the shipping bill up to the final order to allow export.

The term faceless assessment is generally known as anonymized or virtual assessment, which enables an assessing officer-who is physically located in a particular jurisdiction, to assess a bill of entry that is about imports made at a different customs station.

This introductory is yet another step that was taken by the CBIC for fulfilling its adhesion to a Faceless, Paperless, and contactless Customs under the umbrella of its “TURANT CUSTOMS” program. The predominant objective of these reforms is to enhance the utilization of sophisticated electronic and digital technology to reduce the time and costs for the importers, exporters, and other stakeholders who are indulged in this process, thereby keeping India as a digitally advanced country across all the parameters.

In the framework of the efforts that are carried out to take India amongst the top 50 countries in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, the CBIC had announced a reform measure for speedy clearance of goods at air and seaports. This all-embracing package is being instrumented in a phased manner. This catapult of the paperless documentation on export businesses is a sequel to a similar initiative that was begun for imports with effect from 15 th April 2020. The electronic and digital transmission of shipping bills would do away with the contemporary requirement to take a paper printout of these documents thereby promoting green customs. On the other side, the feasibility of exporters to not to visit the custom houses for this documentation purpose acts as an added advantage in promoting their business.

Shri. Ajith Kumar had mentioned that this endeavor of paperless customs export processing is to leverage the technological sophistication and to make the customs clearance procedure more transparent and faster. He also stated that this initiation towards the paperless economy would be implemented in phases across the entire nation by 1 st January 2021.

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