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Guidelines regarding Provisional Assessment under section 18 of the Customs Act, 1962

Customs - 38/2016 - Dated:- 22-8-2016 - Circular No. 38/ 2016-Customs F. No: 465 / 01 / 2016 - Cus V Govt. of India Ministry of Finance Dept. of Revenue Central Board of Excise & Customs Dated 22nd August 2016 To, All Principal Chief Commissioners of Customs / Customs & Central Excise All Chief Commissioners of Customs, All Chief Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise, All Directorate-Generals, Chief Departmental Representative, All Principal Commissioners of Customs, All Principa .....

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the differential duty between "provisional duty" and duty to be "finally assessed or re-assessed"; (b) execution of a bond; and (c) surety or security or both, as deemed fit. 2.1 Section 18 of the Customs Act, 1962 defines the cases where provisional assessment may be resorted, as under: - (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act but without prejudice to the provisions of section 46,- (a) where the importer or exporter is unable to make self-assessment under sub-sec .....

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roper officer deems it necessary to make further enquiry, 2.2 Further, Section 18 goes on to state how a provisional assessment is to be carried out: "the proper officer may direct that the duty leviable on such goods be assessed provisionally if the importer or the exporter, as the case may be, furnishes such security as the proper officer deems fit for the payment of the deficiency, if any, between the duty as may be finally assessed and the duty provisionally assessed." 2.3 Thus, th .....

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assessed and the duty provisionally assessed, it would be necessary to obtain a bond for meeting the aforesaid condition. 2.5 Insofar as the requirement of obtaining a 20% deposit of the duty provisionally assessed, the Board has decided that this condition be dispensed, particularly, as it necessitates following the procedure of refunds in cases where final assessment is in favour of the importer. Such requirements add to the transaction costs, lead to delays in clearance and detract from the e .....

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at the requirement of security needs to be met by either obtaining a bank guarantee or a cash deposit, as convenient to the importer, and that no sureties shall be obtained. 2.7 In view of the aforesaid, the Board has rescinded "The Customs (Provisional Duty Assessment) Regulations 2011" vide notification no. 113/2016 - Cus (NT) dated 22nd August 2016 since section 18 itself lays down the procedure to be followed in the case of provisional assessment. The only issue which is required t .....

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on demand the deficiency, if any, between the duty as may be finally assessed and the duty provisionally assessed, execute a bond in the prescribed form (enclosed); and (b) furnish such security for the payment of the duty deficiency, as indicated in para 3 below. 2.9 The security to be obtained shall be in the form of a bank guarantee or a cash deposit, as convenient to the importer. 3. The following guidelines shall be followed while obtaining security where provisional assessment under sectio .....

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6(a) and 6(b) (2) (b) 50% (for AEO-T1) or 25% (for AEO-T2) of the applicable bank guarantee or cash deposit specified at Sl. No. 4, 5(a), 5(c), 6(b)(1). In terms of Circular no. 33/2016-Customs dated 22nd July 2016, as amended. 3. Imports by Public Sector Undertakings / Government Central/State/UT and their undertakings) 0% including cases at Sl. No. 4 to 6b.) Sl. No. Nature of Import Amount of Bank Guarantee or Cash deposit to be obtained as "security" of the differential duty Remarks .....

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ated to verification of signatures and seals under FTAS 100% Provided that the Principal Commissioner of Customs or the Commissioner of Customs may reduce the amount of security where there are good and justifiable reasons to do so. 6(a) Cases, where the importer is not able to make self-assessment and has sought provisional assessment. Not applicable As this such cases will be provisionally assessed by the proper officer as deemed fit. 6(b) Cases, where the proper officer deems it necessary to .....

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o drawn to an earlier instruction of the Ministry contained in F.No. 511/7/77-Cus VI dated 09.01.1978, to the effect that the amount of security shall be determined on the basis of duty differential and not the CIF value of goods. 3.2 It is also clarified that provisional assessments under section 18 are to be carried out with respect to cases where the duty is in dispute. Cases relating to execution of a bond or undertaking specified as a condition to a notification or those requiring complianc .....

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o be executed by the Importer of goods with bank guarantee/cash deposit under section 18 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) (Circular No. 38 /2016-Customs dated 22/08/2016 issued from CBEC F.No: 465/01/2016 - cus V) KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS THAT We M/s ________________ having our registered office located at ________________________________and holding Import-Export Code No. _______________hereinafter called the "Importer" (which expression shall include its successors/heirs, e .....

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(s) this_ day of_______20____ WHEREAS the Assistant Commissioner of Customs/Deputy Commissioner of Customs at the_________(place), (hereinafter called the "proper officer') has agreed to make provisional assessment of the goods imported by us, pending submission of further documents and/or furnishing information and/or completion of further enquiries and/or chemical test and/or other test and the Proper Officer has agreed to allow provisional assessment of the goods mentioned in the sch .....

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rwise according to law. 1 strike out whatever is not applicable. NOW THE CONDITION of the above written bond is such that - (1) If the importer shall within _____days or within such extended period as the Proper Officer may allow, produce such documents and furnish such information as may be called for by the Proper Officer, and (2) If the importer pays to the President, the difference between the duty finally assessed and the duty provisionally assessed in respect of the imported goods and ment .....

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said sum of Rs_____in the manner laid down in Section 142 of the Customs Act, 1962 without prejudice to any other mode of recovery. IN WITNESS WHEREOF the importer has herein set and subscribed its hands and seals the day, month and year first above written. SIGNED AND DELIVERED by and on behalf of the importer at_______ (place) in the presence of:- (Signature of Authorised Signatory and Corporate Seal) Witnesses: 1 . 2. Accepted for and on behalf of the President of India (Signature of the Prop .....

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receipt in original) Signature / date / name / designation of officer making the entry (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) Bond Individual Importation (Without Bank Guarantee or Cash Deposit) (To be executed by the Importer of goods without bank guarantee/cash deposit under section 18 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) (Circular No. 38 / 2016-Customs dated 22/08/2016 issued from CBEC F.No. 465/01/2016 - cus V) KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS THAT We ______________M/s having our registered office locat .....

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well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our successors, heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seal(s) this day of_______20____ WHEREAS the Assistant Commissioner of Customs/Deputy Commissioner of Customs at the __________(place), (hereinafter called the "proper officer") has agreed to make provisional assessment of the goods imported by us, pending submission of further documents and/or furnishing information and/or c .....

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d for by the Proper Officer, and (2) If the importer pays to the President, the difference between the duty finally assessed and the duty provisionally assessed in respect of the imported goods and mentioned in the Schedule hereto annexed. Then the above written bond shall be void and of no effect; otherwise the same shall remain in full force and virtue. AND IT IS HEREBY AGREED AND DECLARED by the importer as follows:- This bond is given under the orders of the Central Government for the perfor .....

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:- (Signature of Authorised Signatory and Corporate Seal) Witnesses: 1 . 2. Accepted for and on behalf of the President of India (Signature of the Proper Officer) Schedule to Bond (Individual importation) (Without Bank Guarantee or Cash Deposit) (To be executed by the Importer of goods without bank guarantee/cash deposit under section 18 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962) (Circular No. 38/2016 -Customs dated 22/08/2016 issued from CBEC F.No: 465/01/2016 - cus V) Bill of Entry Number Date Valu .....

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ur registered office located at______________________ and holding Import-Export Code No.___________ hereinafter called the "Importer" (which expression shall include its successors/heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives) are held and firmly bound unto the President of India hereinafter called the "President" (which expression shall include his successors and assigns) in the sum of Rs_________Rupees______________(please fill amount in words) to be paid to t .....

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ocuments and/or furnishing information and/or completion of further enquiries and/or chemical test and/or other test and the Proper Officer has agreed to allow provisional assessment of the goods mentioned in the schedule hereto annexed upon the importer agreeing to furnish such bond as is herein contained; and WHEREAS the importer has deposited with the Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, at_______ (location), 1 a bank guarantee; OR 1 a cash deposit .....

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be called for by the Proper Officer, and (2) If the importer pays to the President, the difference between the duty finally assessed and the duty provisionally assessed in respect of the goods imported from time to time and mentioned in the Schedule hereto annexed. Then the above written bond shall be void and of no effect; otherwise the same shall remain in full force and virtue. AND IT IS HEREBY AGREED AND DECLARED by the importer as follows:- 1. This bond and cash deposit/bank guarantee are .....

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er shall be a continuing one in respect of all goods imported from time to time by the importer between the period of ____and the payment by the importer of the difference between the duty finally assessed and the duty provisionally assessed in respect of the goods imported from time to time. IN WITNESS WHEREOF the importer has herein set and subscribed its hands and seals the day, month and year first above written. SIGNED AND DELIVERED by and on behalf of the importer at_____ (place) in the pr .....

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provisionally assessed Bond Value Balance of bond value Details of security deposit or bank guarantee whichever is applicable Balance of security deposit or bank guarantee value (whichever is applicable Remarks (attach bank guarantee/ cash deposit receipt in original) Signature/ date/name/ designation of officer making the entry (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) Continuity Bond (Without Bank Guarantee or Cash Deposit) (To be executed by the Importer of goods without bank guarantee/cash deposit .....

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the President of India hereinafter called the "President" (which expression shall include his successors and assigns) in the sum of Rs________Rupees__________(please fill amount in words) to be paid to the President for which payment well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our successors, heirs, executors, administrators and legal representatives firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seal(s) this day of__20___ WHEREAS the Assistant Commissioner of Customs/Deputy Commissioner .....

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is herein contained; and NOW THE CONDITION of the above written bond is such that - (1) If the importer shall within days or within such extended period as the Proper Officer may allow, produce such documents and furnish such information as may be called for by the Proper Officer, and (2) If the importer pays to the President, the difference between the duty finally assessed and the duty provisionally assessed in respect of the goods imported from time to time and mentioned in the Schedule heret .....

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