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Dated:- 7-9-2015 - In line with the objectives to facilitate trade and improve , the following measures have been taken by CBEC during last one year: CUSTOMS: •24x7 Customs Clearance: With effect from 31.12.2014, facility of 24x7 Customs clearance for specified imports, namely, goods covered under facilitated Bills of Entry and specified exports, namely, factory stuffed containers and goods exported under free Shipping Bills will be made available in 18 sea ports. Similarly, facility of 24x .....

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s of all regulatory agencies (such as Animal Quarantine, Plant Quarantine, Drug Controller, Textile Committee etc) through message exchange. It is basically a network of cooperating facilities bound by trust and set of agreed interface specifications in which trade has seamless access to regulatory services delivered through electronic means. Benefits of Single Window Scheme include , reduced costs, enhanced transparency, reduced duplicity and cost of compliance and optimal utilisation of resour .....

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her regulatory agencies such as the Animal Quarantine, the Textile Committee, the Drug controller of India and the Wild life authorities are also being brought within the ambit of Single Window Customs Clearance. •Special Notified Zone for trading of rough diamonds: Consequent to Hon ble Prime Minister s announcement to make India into a hub for trading of rough diamonds, a Special Notified Zone has been operationalized at Bharat Diamond Bourse at Mumbai. The procedure envisages major diamo .....

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es etc. However, for importers registered under the Accredited Client Programme (ACP), digital signatures are mandatory with effect from 01.05.2015. Introduction of digital signature will maintain data integrity and reduce cost of compliance. [Circular No.10/2015-Customs, dated 31.03.2015 refers]. •Reduction in mandatory documents for imports and exports: To facilitate trade and to simplify procedures, number of mandatory documents and prescribed only three mandatory export and import docum .....

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e chairmanship of Chief Commissioner of Customs/Commissioner of Customs. This Committee would include the senior-most functionary of the other government departments/agencies, such as the Food Safety Standards Authority of India/the Port Health Officer (PHO); the Plant Quarantine, Animal Quarantine Authorities; the Drug Controller of India (CDSO); the Textile Committee; the Port Trust / the Airport Authority of India / Custodians; the Wild Life Authorities; the Railways/CONCOR; the Pollution Con .....

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ilarly, at Central level, a Central Customs Clearance Facilitation Committee has also been set up under the chairmanship of Revenue Secretary to address the issue relating to customs clearance and infrastructure impacting clearance of goods [Circular No.13/2015-Customs, dated 13.04.2015 refers]. •Rationalisation of penal provision: Penalty provisions in Customs have been rationalised to encourage compliance and early dispute resolution. [Sections 82, 83, 84 of the Finance Act, 2015 refer]. .....

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t the importer produces a certificate, in each individual case, that the goods are life saving drugs or medicines issued, by the specified Authority. The prescribed Form for such certification has been amended to provide that such certificate can be issued for a period of one year in case of patients who have to import such drugs and medicines on a regular basis. [Condition No.10 of notification No.12/2012-Customs, dated 17.03.2012 as amended by notification No.10/2015-Customs, dated 01.03.2015 .....

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utions registered with DSIR are eligible for concessional customs duties. When a new research institution was set up, initially the DSIR registration was not available leading to non-eligibility to aforesaid exemption. For such cases, a provision has been made for refund of customs duties paid at the time of import on submission of such certificate from the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR). [Notification No.51/96-Customs, dated 23rd July, 1996 as amended vide notificatio .....

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value. It has also been clarified that individual constituents of the consortium, whose names appear in the contract, can also import goods under the said notification. [J.S. (TRU-I) letter D.O.F.No.334/15/2014-TRU dated 10.07.2014 refers]. •Bulk drugs used in the manufacture of the specified drugs [S. Nos.148B and 147B of notification No.12/2012-Customs dated 17.03.2012] are either exempt from basic customs duty or attract concessional rate of 5% basic customs duty, subject to actual user .....

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