Department will take the Ease of Doing Business initiatives to the next level
by rolling out the concept of faceless assessment of cargo across the Country
over the next few months, whereby consignments will be assessed by a virtual
group irrespective of where the Bill of Entry is filed, a top official has
A Bill of
Entry is a document filed by an importer or an exporter specifying the nature,
quantity and value of goods that have landed or are being shipped out.
The assessment of cargo need not be done
at the same place where the Bill of Entry is filed: Commissioner of Customs
(City and ICD)
moving ahead with the concept of faceless assessment,” said Mr. Baswaraj
Nalegave, Commissioner of Customs (City and ICD), Bangalore. “From now onwards,
in a phased manner, we will ensure that the assessment of cargo need not be done
at the same place where the Bill of Entry is filed,” he said at a shipping
Bill of Entry is filed in Mangaluru, and it pertains to, say, a particular fuel
oil. There can be specialised Custom Houses in the Country which specialise in
a specific cargo and these alone will assess that Bill no matter where it is
filed,” he said.
In Chennai, it’s already being done.
already started the pilot in Bangalore. So, all machinery will be assessed by a
virtual group no matter where the Bill of Entry is filed. In Chennai, it’s
already being done. It’s a matter of a few months before it is rolled out
across the Country,” he noted.
export-import trade has often complained that each seaport carries out
assessment and examination in its own way, with Customs Officers adopting
complete divergence in practices.
“This will be
brought to a halt soon,” he said.