The system will eliminate the need for brokers or exporters to visit a port to submit documents to customs authorities to start the processes, Johri told the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Export Summit.
Indian Customs Electronic Gateway (ICEGATE) is the national customs portal of CBIC which provides e-filing services including electronic filing of Entry Declaration (Import Goods Declaration), Shipping Invoices (Declaration of export goods), electronic payment of customs duties, signature utility to sign all customs documents, for trade, freight carriers and other trading partners electronically.
Chairman of India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs, Vivek Johri, recently said that a new system is being developed to enable online registration of goods exports to facilitate the integration of customs systems with other regulatory bodies. It will be in line with the existing customs clearance process for imports and ensure faster clearance of shipments.
Nearly 43,542 users are registered with ICEGATE which serves over 12.5 lakh importers/exporters.
The average customs clearance time – measured by the time of arrival of goods at the port and their actual departure – of exported goods has been cut in half, Indian media quoted Johri as saying.
The Trade Facilitation Action Plan, which ends in 2023, has set a target of an average clearance time of 24 hours and 12 hours for exports via seaports and airports respectively.
He said that 80-85% of the average customs clearance time for exported goods is due to the time taken after shipments are cleared.
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