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Customs - CBEC s Customs Manual 2015 - 28 - Chapter 28 1. Introduction: 1.1 The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in its 27th Report (2005-06) recommended formulating appropriate legal provisions and guidelines to control the activities of custodians. In pursuance of these recommendations, the Government inserted a new Section 141(2) to the Customs Act, 1962 and thereafter under its authority framed the Handling of Cargo in Customs Areas Regulations, 2009 (HCCR, 2009). 1.2 The HCCR, 2009 provide f .....

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nd all persons working on their behalf such as fork lift or material handling equipment operators, etc. Consolidators/ break bulk agents and other persons handling imported/export goods in any capacity in a Customs area are also covered. 2.2 The HCCR, 2009 indicate various responsibilities and conditions for different kinds of CCSPs. The conditions prescribed under its Regulation 5 apply to the CCSPs who desire to be approved as custodians of imported/export cargo and thus handle goods in Custom .....

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n the prescribed time limit, payment of cost recovery charges of the Customs officers posted in the facility are applicable to an approved custodian who handled imported or export goods. On the other hand, responsibilities for publishing or display of the schedule of charges for the activities undertaken in respect of imported/ export goods shall apply to both categories of persons. These responsibilities are aimed at expeditious clearance of goods, reduction of dwell time, transaction cost and .....

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ods covered by Chapter IX of the Customs Act, 1962. 2.5 Major ports notified under the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963 and airports notified under the Airports Authority of India Act, 1994 will continue to be authorized to function as custodians under their respective Acts and these regulations shall not impact their approval as a custodian. Thus, in terms of Section 45 of the Customs Act, 1962, the Port Trusts of the notified major ports and the Airports Authority of India shall not be required to .....

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t handling of imported or export goods, though sufficient discretion is provided for the Commissioner of Customs to decide on the nature of infrastructure and equipments required. Hence, it is to ensured that the facilities provided by the custodians are sufficient for efficient handling of cargo However, the facilities should be sufficient to enable efficient handling of the cargo having regard to the volume of containers/ cargo and its nature, etc. (the requirement may, or course, vary between .....

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erly air-conditioned office space, cabins with proper furniture, power backup facilities, hardware, networking and secure connectivity to Customs data centres for Customs officers and service centres specified by Customs. Facilities required for secure exchange of electronic information between the custodian and Customs shall also be provided. In addition, the custodian would undertake site preparation including civil works, electrical works, electrical fittings, air-conditioning, etc. and provi .....

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9 would continue to avail the exemption even after issue of Circular No.4/2011-Cus., dated 10-1-2011. 2.9 Commissioner of Customs, subject to his satisfaction, should not insist for residential accommodation for staff from CCSP in cases where concerned facility of CCSP is located in the city area. The underlying idea is to provide for residential facilities for staff deployment at Customs facilities located in far flung and remote areas where it is difficult to have appropriate residential facil .....

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Government. [Refer Circular No.29/2011-Cus., dated 18-7-2011] 2.10 CCSPs are required to have weigh bridges installed at their facilities preferably near the entry/exit gate and all containers must be weighed. [Refer Instruction F.No.450/81/2011-Cus.IV, dated 18-8-2011] 2.11 In a large number of cases, containers detained by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Special Intelligence & Investigation Branch (SIIB) or Preventive formations are not being released for considerable time and t .....

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ontainers be returned to the concerned Shipping Line. Further, in terms of regulation 6 (1) (l) of the HCCAR, 2009 CCSP shall subject to any other law for the time being in force not charge any rent or demurrage on detained goods. In case containers are detained / seized under the Customs Act, 1962, the same may be considered for provisional release subject to furnishing of Bond and Bank Guarantee under the Customs Act, 1962. [Refer Instructions F. No.450/24/2012-Cus.IV, dated 14-3-2012] 2.12 Re .....

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e is no change in custodianship or area after 26-6-2002; (ii) Custodians notified prior to 26-6-2002 but part or whole of the same premises is transferred (on lease or otherwise) to new custodian on or after 26-6-2002 (e.g. AAI, custodian of Mumbai Air Cargo Complex prior to 26-6-2002 later transferred part custodianship to Air India); and (iii) Custodians notified prior to 26-6-2002 but premises extended after 26-6-2002 under the same custodianship. [Refer Circular No.27/2004-Cus., dated 6-4-20 .....

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s by the CCSP who is holding custody of the such goods. Proper and timely disposal of unclaimed, uncleared or abandoned goods is to be ensured. [Refer Circular No.50/2005-Cus., dated 1-12-2005] 2.15 In order to ensure security of premises and to prohibit unauthorized access of person in the Customs area all CCSP/ Custodians should provide CCTV/ Video Camera and give video footage of the same to the Customs Officer who shall monitor it regularly. [Refer Circular No 3/2013-Cus., dated 1-1-2013] 2. .....

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has been obtained, then appropriate action may be initiated against the erring Custodian under the said Regulations and the Customs Act, 1962. Thus, further permission from the Commissioner of Customs would not be required in respect of PPP projects approved by the Government / PPA Appraisal Committee or Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure. [Refer Circular No.54/2011-Cus., dated 29-12-2011] 2.17 The power to exempt the conditions required to be fulfilled by CCSPs is provided under Regulation 7 o .....

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iven to the custodian and record the reasons in writing before providing exemptions. However , no exemption shall be granted in respect of any of the conditions in Regulation 5 where the overall safety and security of the premises are likely to be affected thereby. 2.18 In order to overcome situations where clearances of imported/ export goods are getting affected by congestion at a particular Customs facility (e.g. CFS), it has been provided that the Commissioner of Customs may consider regulat .....

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9, at the time of submission of applications for acquiring custody and handling of imported/export goods, the applicant shall provide complete details of the facility such as extent of the area, equipment, infrastructure etc. for receiving, unloading/loading, stacking, storage, delivery of imported/ export goods including the map. Further, the projected capacity of the cargo or container proposed to be handled at the premises, would form the basis for determining the adequacy of the infrastructu .....

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export goods need to take approval as specified in Regulation 10 of the HCCR, 2009. CCSPs who either operate on behalf of the custodian or with his permission, do not require any approval. However, custodian will be responsible for fulfilment of the conditions of these regulations by such CCSPs. 2.21 The procedure for approval of appointment, renewal, suspension or revocation of CCSP as per Regulations 10 to 13 of the HCCR, 2009 is based upon transparency and objectivity. Cases involving outrig .....

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ilities is noticed leading to deterioration in services or damage of imported or export goods, loss of value and loss of revenue etc. In case of CCSP authorized under the Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme, the approval granted may be extended for a period of ten years at a time. [Refer Instructions F.No.450/105/2008-Cus.IV, dated 25-7-2008] 2.22 All the CCSPs are required to publish a schedule of charges associated with various services in relation to imported or export goods in the C .....

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on 4 or 9 for approval or renewal under these regulations, but they are required to necessarily discharge the responsibilities cast upon them in terms of Regulation 5 and 6. 2.24 The CCSP will also undertake to indemnify the Commissioner of Customs from any liability arising on account of damages caused or loss suffered on imported or export goods, due to accident, damage, deterioration, destruction or any other unnatural cause during their receipt, storage, delivery, dispatch or otherwise handl .....

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ty of premises relating to imported or export goods. 2.26 The HCCR, 2009 provide for levy of penalty in case the CCSP contravenes any of the provisions of the regulations or fails to comply with the regulations. However, these provisions do not impact the past proceedings against the custodian, if any, where necessary action has been initiated against erring custodians. 2.27 For the purposes of Regulation 6 (1) of HCCCR , the following officers are notified as Proper Officers: S.No. Clause under .....

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the average value of goods likely to be stored in the customs area based on projected capacity and for an amount as Commissioner of Customs may specify having regard to the goods which are already been insured by the importers or exporters. Board has clarified that the amount of insurance to be provided by CCSPs should be equal to the average value of goods likely to be stored in the Customs area for a period of 30 days (based on projected capacity), and for an amount the Commissioner of Custom .....

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iod of the bond, which would remove procedural hassles. Therefore, noting that under Regulation 10 of HCCAR, 2009, the new CCSPs are approved initially for 2 years, which is renewed for 5 years at a time, while existing CCSPs are straightaway approved for 5 years, it is clarified that the carrier bond executed by CCSPs i.e. ICDs/CFSs shall have a validity period of 2 years (in case of new CCSP which can be renewed for 5 years) or 5 years (in case of existing CCSP). 2.30 Ministry of Agriculture h .....

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tized in a separate storage enclosure. Board has therefore decided that all CCSP/Custodians shall provide separate and dedicated storage space for fumigation and post fumigated storage sites to enable Plant Quarantine Authorities to carry out necessary checks for both imported / export goods under the Handling of Cargo in Customs Area Regulations, 2009. 2.31 In order to obviate the situation of compromising cargo integrity on account of sub-contracting operations relating to handling of import / .....

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dial action in case non compliance is noticed. Cases of violation of regulation 6(2) shall be dealt with sternly according to law. [Refer Circulars No. 52/97-Cus., dated 17-10-1997, No.80/98-Cus., dated 26-10-1998, No.27/2004-Cus., dated 6-4-2004, No.13/2009-Cus., dated 23-3-2009, No.18/2009-Cus., dated 8-6-2009, No.21/2009-Cus., dated 4-8-2009, No.4/2011-Cus., dated 10-1-2011, No. 16/2013- Cus IV, dated 10-4-2013, No.32/2013-Cus., dated 16-8-2013 and No.45/2013-Cus., dated 31-12-2013 and Instru .....

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rt 2 4 12 2 STA/TA 12 32 Air Cargo Complex 2 8 12 4 STA/TA 5 31 Courier Terminal 4 9 12 4 STA/TA 8 37 Diamond Plaza 1 2+2 8 2 STA/TA 4 19 (b) Airports: Staffing norms are determined on the basis of the Class of the Airport as per the criteria of minimum number of international flights and passengers and envisage 4 shifts at Class A and B Airports and 2 shifts at Class C Airports. The Class of an Airport and its staff requirement are determined as follows: (i) Norms for identifying the Class of a .....

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on from cost recovery charges: 4.1 Cost recovery charges may be waived if the facility fulfils the laid down norms for a consecutive period of two financial years. Specific orders in individual cases for grant of exemption from the payment of cost recovery charges are issued by Ad.IV Section of the Board. The cost recovery posts are also considered for regularization. In each and every case the waiver of cost recovery charges would be prospective with no claim for past period. 4.2 ICD/CFS: The e .....

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