– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) on Monday introduced a ‘Secure QR coded Shipping Bill’ that would be electronically sent to exporters after the Customs allows export.
This, the CBIC stated, would eliminate the requirement of the exporters having to approach the Customs officers for proof of export. “This also makes the end to end Customs export process fully electronic, from the filing of the Shipping Bill to the final order to allow export,” it stated.
The initiative is a step taken by CBIC towards a Faceless, Paperless, and Contactless Customs under the umbrella of its “Turant Customs” programme.
“Turant Customs”, which has as its main component Faceless Assessment, would be implemented in phases across the entire country by January1, 2021.
“These reforms are based on enhanced use of digital technology to reduce the time and costs for the importers, exporters and other stakeholders, thereby improving India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Trading Across Borders parameter of its Doing Business Report,” CBIC said.
It may be mentioned that the launch of paperless documentation on exports is a sequel to a similar initiative that was begun for imports with effect from April 15, 2020. The electronic transmission of the Shipping Bill would do away with the present requirement to take paper printout of these documents thereby promoting Green Customs. “Equally importantly exporters would not have to visit the Customs Houses for this purpose and can better utilize their time in promoting their business,” it reiterated.
CBIC Chairman, Ajit Kumar, informed that the endeavour was to leverage technology to make the Customs clearance process more transparent and faster.