India Moves to Paperless Customs Operations Effective December 1st

The Journal of Commerce reports that starting from December 1st , cargo clearance at Indian seaports and airports should be quicker  as customs authorities eliminate most manual paperwork and instead use a digital system.
According to the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) circular, importers and exporters will henceforth not be required to submit paper documents such as GAR 7 forms/TR 6 Challans, Trans-shipment Permit (TP), Shipping Bill (Exchange Control copy and Export Promotion copy) & Bill of Entry (Exchange Control Copy) to Banks/ DGFT/Customs Ports.

The move would help importers and exporters move towards electronic messaging and paperfree environment and further enhance the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ by reducing or eliminating physical printouts for customs clearance, an official statement said.

All Customs Houses at Ports, Air Cargo Complex, ICDs and CFCs have been asked to issue Public Notice saying that importers and exporters would not be required to submit paper documents.

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