Recently, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) launched its flagship programme- Turant Customs in an effort to smoothen the process of imports and exports in India. This programme aims at providing imports and exports speedy clearance, transparency in decision making, and ease of doing business in India. Few of the initiatives undertaken under Turant Customs are Faceless Assessment Pan India, electronic communication of Shipping Bills and e-Gatepass for Exporters and setting up of Turant Suvidha Kendra (TSKs) in all Customs stations by 15th July, 2020.
Turant Customs will benefit the importers by eliminating routine interface with the Customs officers and providing uniformity in assessment across the country.
This will reduce transaction costs and eliminate the practice of port shopping for favourable assessments.
Turant Customs will save the time, cost of compliance for the trade, thereby enhancing the ease of doing business.
The CBIC vide Circular no. 28/2020-Customs dated 5th June, 2020, began Faceless Assessment in phases beginning with Customs stations which already have the experience of the pilot programmes. The first phase of all India rollout began from 8th June, 2020 at Bengaluru and Chennai, which will get completed by 31st December, 2020, for import of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics machineries at the ports and airports.
The importers can now get their goods cleared from Customs after a faceless assessment remotely done by the Customs officers located outside the port of import. Also, that goods imported at Chennai may be assessed by the Customs officers located at Bengaluru and vice versa, as assigned by the Customs automated system.
CBIC also provided to set up Turant Suvidha Kendras (TSK) for the purpose of implementation of 1st Phase of Faceless Assessment at Bengaluru and Chennai.
Vide Circular no. 30/2020-Customs dated 22nd June, 2020, the CBIC has now directed that there shall only be electronic transmission of digital copy of the Shipping Bill bearing the Final Let Export Order (LEO), to the exporters and discontinued the present procedure of printing copies of the shipping bill for the exporters & maintaining a docket in the Customs House.
E-Gatepass of Shipping Bill: The Directorate General of Systems would communicate through email, the E-Gatepass PDF copy of the Shipping Bill to the Customs Broker and the Exporter, if registered.
Final Let Export Order (LEO) Copy of Shipping Bill: Board has decided to enable communicating by email, the PDF version of the Final LEO copy of Shipping Bill to the Customs Broker and exporter, if registered.
Earlier, the CBIC had provided for setting up Turant Suvidha Kendras (TSK) for the purpose of implementation of 1st Phase of Faceless Assessment at Bengaluru and Chennai. But now, it has notified to extend setting up of TSKs in all Customs Stations by 15th July, 2020. It has now directed that there shall only be electronic transmission of digital copy of the Shipping Bill bearing the Final Let Export Order (LEO), to the exporters.
With the contactless procedures, not only the process of imports and exports will fasten, but the social distancing will also be respected amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.