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All India roll-out of Faceless Assessment - Customs - 40/2020

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..... y, digitisation of Customs documents, etc. The objectives sought to be achieved are exponentially faster clearance of goods, reduced interface between trade and Customs officers and enhanced ease of doing business. The phased launch of the Turant Customs programme in select ports of import was aimed at testing in a real-life environment, the IT capabilities as well as the responsiveness of the trade and Customs officers to the various initiatives. The results have been reviewed and these have confirmed that the stated objectives are being met. The stage is now set for extending the Turant Customs programme across all Customs ports pan India and thereby ushering in a more modern, efficient, and professional Customs administration with resultant benefits for trade and industry. 3. Faceless Assessment, duly supported by Paperless and Contactless Customs clearance processes, is a critical reform. As you are aware, the pilot programme of Faceless Assessment was launched in Chennai on 14.08.2019 for primarily electrical machineries falling under Chapter 85 of the Customs Tariff Act,1975. This pilot programme was subsequently expanded to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Mundra and Visakhapatn .....

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..... commodity group(s) in their own Zones. 5.2. Each NAC shall be co-convened by the Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of the Zones mentioned in Column 4 of Annexure II. 5.3 Each NAC shall consist of the Principal Commissioners/ Commissioners of Customs from the Zones indicated in Column 3 of Annexure II as a member. 5.4 For each NAC the Principal Chief Commissioners/ Chief Commissioners, having jurisdiction over the Zones, shall nominate a nodal Principal Commissioners/ Commissioners. The rationale for the nomination would be the volume of the import of the particular commodity group(s) in the Zone as compared to the All India imports and/or share of import of the particular commodity group(s) in their own Zones. The Board shall be informed about the nomination of the Principal Commissioners/ Commissioners and the same shall be published on the departmental website. Responsibilities of NAC: 5.5 The NACs have a critical role in the successful implementation of Faceless Assessment. In addition to their existing work, the NACs need to work in a coordinated manner to ensure that all assessments are carried out in a timely manner and there is no delay or hold up of the Bill .....

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..... se over the assigned Faceless Assessment Group in different facets of assessment such as classification, valuation, prohibitions & restrictions etc. IV. Co-ordinate with other Directorates and NACs for various functions mentioned in paras 5.7 & 5.8 of this Circular. V. Make recommendations to Board for policy considerations. Co-ordination Among NAC Commissioners: 5.7 Since the Nodal Principal Commissioners/ Commissioners are spread across different geographical locations, following co-ordination measures may be institutionalised at the initial phase, which will go a long way in bringing efficiency to the functioning of NACs: I. Continuous assessment - Ensure that verification of the assessment is not held up if there is an official holiday for the members of the FAG in a particular location. This could be done by having this work done at multiple locations. II. Daily Web meeting - The Working Groups may virtually meet for a short duration every day at a scheduled time to review timeliness of assessment, identify bottlenecks and take measures to remove difficulties. The link shall be made available to the Chairman, Member Customs, Zonal Member(s) and Joint Secretary (Customs .....

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..... y. To the extent possible, dedicated team of officers may be posted to the Faceless Assessment Groups. III. Identify variations, if any, in assessment practices and harmonise them for application across FAGs. IV. Take into account audit objections, judicial and quasi-judicial decisions accepted by the Department relating to the assessment of the goods to be handled by the Faceless Assessment Groups under the concerned NAC and circulate among the FAGs for uniformity of assessment. V. Organize training on roles and functionalities in ICES related to Faceless Assessment including MIS Reports and Dashboards. 5.10. To ensure smooth implementation of Faceless Assessment & to sensitize both the departmental officers and the trade, Directorate General of Taxpayer Services (DGTS) in coordination with Customs Policy Wing shall organize extensive outreaches via online webinars/ promotional videos etc. 6. Conference on Tariff & Other Customs Matters: 6.1 Joint Secretary, Customs, (CBIC) would be responsible for coordinating with the NACs in organizing a Conference on Tariff & Other Customs Matters every 6 months to review the functioning of the NACs and FAGs. The Conference would b .....

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..... g) 2G - Bhopal, Meerut, Nagpur, Pune (h) 3 - Delhi (Prev.), Kolkata, Patna (Prev.), Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli (Prev.) (i) 4 - Bhubaneshwar (j) 4,5, 5A, 5B - Visakhapatnam IV 01.10.2020 86.0% (i) 5,5A,5B - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Delhi (Prev.), Meerut,Mumbai I, II & III, Nagpur, Patna (Prev.), Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli (Prev.), Visakhapatnam (ii) 4 - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Delhi (Prev.), Kolkata, Meerut, Mumbai I, II,III, Nagpur, Pune, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad (iii) 3 - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai & Delhi, Delhi (Prev.), Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai I, II & III, Patna (Prev.), Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli (Prev.), (iv) 2G - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Meerut, Mumbai I, II & III, Nagpur, Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli (Prev.) (v) 2A - Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai I, II, III (vi) 1A - Ahmedabad, Bhubaneshwar, Mumbai-I, Visakhapatnam (vii) 1,6 - Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai-II, Visakhapatnam (viii) 2K - Ahmedabad, Mumbai-II, Tiruchirappalli (Prev.) (a) 1,2A, 2G, 2K, .....

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..... ad, Kolkata, Meerut, Mumbai I, Mumbai II & III, Nagpur, Patna (Prev.), Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli (Prev.), Visakhapatnam (ix) 2,2B,2C,2D, 2E, 2F, 2H, 2I, 2J - Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Delhi (Prev.), Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Meerut, Mumbai I, II & III, Nagpur, Patna (Prev.), Pune, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli (Prev.), Visakhapatnam (a) 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 6 - Mumbai II (b) 1,1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 6 - Chennai (c) 1,1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 6 - Mumbai-I (d) 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B - Mumbai -III (e) 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 6- Hyderabad (c) 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 6 - Ahmedabad (d) 1, 1A, 2, 2A2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 6 - Bengaluru (f) 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B,6 - Delhi (g) 1, 1A, 2, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 3, 4, 5, 5A, 5B, 6 - Meerut, Nagpur, Bhopal, .....

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