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Improvements in Faceless Assessment - Measures for expediting Customs clearances - Customs - 14/2021

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..... her measures required for expediting the pace of assessment and Customs clearance of imported goods. Board finds that by and large the objectives of Faceless Assessment in terms of expeditious assessments, anonymity in assessments and uniformity in assessments have been met. However, Board observes that there is even now scope for improvement which would potentially lead to a substantial increase in the pace of assessments and Customs clearance, while further enhancing the uniformity in assessments and anonymity with a view to reduce interface with the trade. 3. Accordingly, Board has decided to implement the following measures in the Customs Faceless Assessment and clearance processes: 3.1 Enhancement of facilitation levels: Board has earlier reviewed the facilitation levels in imports and vide Circular No. 39/2011-Customs dated 02.09.2011 decided the facilitation targets should be 80% for Aircargo Complexes, 70% for Seaports and 60% for ICDs. Various initiatives have since been taken to leverage technology as well as simplify extant procedures. As a result, the overall average facilitation levels have already exceeded these levels with the All-India average facilitation level acr .....

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..... f local instructions. ii. NACs and jurisdictional Pr. Commissioners/Commissioners of Customs shall administratively monitor that FAGs communicate the ‘first decision’ on the Bill of Entry within 3 working hours after its allocation. The first decision could be acceptance of the self-assessment, query to the importer or a First Check, as may be warranted. iii. Jurisdictional Pr. Chief/ Chief Commissioners of Customs shall ensure as far as possible that one Appraising Officer is given responsibility of not more than 2 (two) FAGs. The re-organisation within the zones may be undertaken such that assessing officers at the ports with the expertise of the items under a FAG are allotted to that FAG. iv. The total number of queries which can be raised by an Appraising Officer in respect of a Bill of Entry would now be restricted to 3 (three). Further, such queries can now be raised without seeking approval of the Addl./Joint Commissioner of Customs. Circular No. 55/2020-Customs dated 17.12.2020 stands suitably modified. In this regard, considering this limit to the number of queries, Board desires that, Appraising Officer raises query in a clear and holistic manner giving refere .....

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..... rformance of Faceless Assessment. 3.5 Enhancing Direct Port Delivery (DPD): Circular No.29/2019-Customs dated 05.09.2019 stipulates the eligibility criteria for availment of DPD by the importers. Since then a number of measures including advance filing of Bill of Entry have led to quicker turn-around time for the import cargo. The present decision to enhance the facilitation levels is also a step in this direction. However, while facilitation levels are going up, the DPD levels are not rising commensurately. This is primarily because the present policy is to have an entity based DPD while facilitation levels are linked primarily to Bills of Entry. Accordingly, in order to enhance DPD for faster Customs clearances as well as de-congestion of ports, Board has decided to shift from entity based DPD to a Bill of Entry based DPD. In short, in partial amendment to the said circular, Board has decided that, as a general principle, all the advance Bills of Entry which are fully facilitated (do not require assessment &/or examination) would be granted the facility of DPD. It is clarified that, this facility is over and above the present system of entity based DPD extended to AEO clients .....

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..... with a notification to Additional/Joint Commissioners of Customs of the concerned FAG and Port of Import. iii. The concerned FAG is required to dispose the grievance promptly and same shall be monitored by the concerned Additional/Joint Commissioner of Customs of the concerned FAG/Import Shed. iv. The status of the disposal would be updated on the dashboard of ICEGATE, TSK, FAG and to the concerned officers. 4. As aforementioned, the changes stipulated in paras 3.1 to 3.5 will come into effect from 15.07.2021. Wherever required, DG Systems would shortly be issuing advisories to give effect to these changes. 5. Any difficulties faced or doubts arising in the implementation of this Circular may please be brought to the notice of Board. Yours faithfully, (Ananth Rathakrishnan) Deputy Secretary (Customs) Annexure I (Revision of Annexure II of Circular No.45/2020-Customs dt.12.10.2020) National Assessment Centres National Assessment Centre & Co-Conveners (Pr.CC/CC of the Zone) Faceless Assessment Groups (Chapters covered by Customs Tariff Act, 1975) Nodal Commissioners & FAG from Zones (Existing) Nodal Commissioners & FAG from Zones (Revised) (1) (2) (3) (4) Primary Products .....

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..... Base Metals Ahmedabad Bengaluru Bhopal Chennai Delhi Delhi (Prev.) Guwahati Hyderabad Kolkata Meerut Mumbai I Mumbai II Mumbai III Nagpur Pune Thiruvananthapuram Vishakhapatnam Ahmedabad Bhopal Chennai Delhi Mumbai Zone I Mumbai Zone II Nagpur Visakhapatnam Ahmedabad Bengaluru Chennai Delhi Kolkata Mumbai Zone II Mumbai Zone III Ahmedabad Bengaluru Bhopal Chennai Delhi Delhi (Prev.) Guwahati Hyderabad Kolkata Meerut Mumbai I Mumbai II Mumbai III Nagpur Pune Thiruvananthapuram Vishakhapatnam Mechanical Machineries Co-Conveners: Mumbai Zone III, Hyderabad 5 (8401-8469) - Machinery & Mechanical Appliances - I Ahmedabad Bengaluru Chennai Delhi Delhi (Prev.) Hyderabad Kolkata Mumbai II Mumbai III Thiruvananthapuram Ahmedabad Bengaluru Chennai Delhi Kolkata Mumbai Zone II Mumbai Zone III Thiruvananthapuram Visakhapatnam 5E (8470-8473) Machinery & Mechanical Appliances - II Ahmedabad Bengaluru Chennai Delhi Delhi (Prev.) Hyderabad Kolkata Mumbai II Mumbai III Thiruvananthapuram Bengaluru Chennai Delhi Mumbai Zone II Mumbai Zone III 5N (8474-8487) - Machinery & Mechanical Appliances - III Ahmedabad Bengaluru Chennai Delhi Delhi(Prev.) Hyderabad Kolkata Mumbai II Mumbai III Thi .....

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