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Customs Administration moving towards faceless assessment by automating customs processes: Principal Commissioner, Customs

Jul 28, 2020

NEW DELHI, 29 July 2020Mr MK Singh, Principal Commissioner of Customs, ICD, Tughlaqabad, yesterday said that customs administration in India has transformed over the years and is moving towards faceless assessment by automating the customs processes.


Addressing a webinar on ATA & UN TIR Carnet organized by FICCIin association with IRU, Geneva, Mr Singh, said, "ATA & UN TIR Carnet simplifies customs procedures and minimizes checks at border points and grants duty exemption by reducing the cost to trade", he added. He also highlighted the initiatives taken up by Indian customs to implement the online system for customs transactions."


ATA Carnets, also referred to as ´┐ŻPassport for Goods´┐Ż enables duty and tax-free temporary admission of goods into a member country used for taking goods to overseas exhibitions and demonstrations, easing customs paperwork on transit of professional equipment for use overseas and helps sales personnel carry valuable commercial samples abroad. "The common objective of the Carnet is to help exporters develop their export markets, harmonize customs practices, speed up the removal of non-tariff barriers and strengthen customs-private sector cooperation," said Mr Singh


Highlighting the benefits of TIR, Mr Kazem Asayesh, Senior Advisor, TIR & Transit Services, IRU mentioned that TIR could significantly contribute to the implementation of BBIN agreement and India would largely benefit if its neighbouring countries, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal join the system. He further stated that TIR could be used for the activation of INSTC and Chabahar corridors.  


Mr Raphael Hirt, Project Manager, IRU spoke on the e-TIR IT tools and mentioned that it will officially enter into force by 2021.  


FICCI has been closely working with the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) on the implementation of e-TIR system in India, the electronic version of TIR carnets and FICCI will extend its full support for its smooth implementation. ATA & UN TIR are successful examples of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model in international trade facilitation and is pegged to be a win-win collaboration for customs and the business community. 

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