Trade facilitation Measures

  • Air Cargo Customs, Mumbai requires quick decisions and delivery systems to enable the Importers / Exporters to receive or export their goods in time. This is unique because of the urgency of the importation or exportation. Apart from this the demurrage charges of MIAL and NACIL are also higher in comparison to the Seaports. Therefore trade requires special facilities based on urgency of material imported or to be exported. In this background Trade facilitation measures play an important role at ACC illustrated as below.
  • Export of goods is allowed up to 10.00 PM. Delivery of Imported goods can be taken upto 11.30 P.M. Goods of perishable nature are attended to round the clock. Direct Delivery system is in place for certain categories of the goods and available round the clock. Examination of export cargo is carried out upto 10.00 P.M and examination of import cargo is carried upto 8 P.M . It is ensured that goods registered for examination are attended to on the same day.
  • There are two Customs Public Relations Officers attending to different areas of work. One PRO from Appraising Cadre looks into all Trade related problems of assessment and examination of Export and Import Cargo and co-ordinates with all functionaries whenever required. The other PRO functions in the unaccompanied baggage division and guides the passengers in baggage related matters. The posting of officers from different cadres as Public Relations Officers has proved very useful and effective in redressal of public grievances. This is important because Air Cargo Customs is meant for speedy clearance of goods.
  • Trade Facilitation Committee meeting is held fortnightly by both Commissioners jointly. Representatives from all the stakeholders working at ACC, viz. MIAL, NACIL, Airlines, BMC (Octroi), State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Custom House Agents, members of trade & their senior office bearers attend the meetings. All trade related matters are discussed at length under the chairmanship of the Commissioners. In all such meetings, Commissioners decide the issues related with Customs either instantly or direct the concerned authorities to attend to the work on urgent basis. The minutes of the meeting are recorded & uploaded on the website of Air Cargo Customs and action taken is discussed in every next meeting. This ensures the speedy redressal of grievances related to any organization at ACC.
  • To expedite the smooth clearance of import cargo early registration of goods has been insisted. For Import goods to be examined the deadline for registration is 6.30 PM. For Import goods by RMS, facilitated without assessment and examination the time-limit for registration is 7:00 PM. One appraiser/superintendent has been asked to stay back till all out of charge are signed. In this regard Facility Notice no 1/2010 has been issued.
  • Procedure has been set up for re-crediting of excess duty paid on account of two payments, one through e-payment and other through manual challan. In this regard Facility no 2/2010 has been issued.
  • The importers were facing difficulties in noting of manual bill of entry. A revised procedure has been set up in this regard the same has been conveyed in the Facility notice no 3/2010.
  • Trade was facing problems due to late receipt of test reports of textile articles from laboratories. Facility Notice No.6/2010 has been issued in this regard.
  • Importers were facing problems where importer’s copy of EDI Bill of Entry is lost/Misplaced. Facility Notice 07/2010 has been issued depicting procedure for issuance of duplicate Bill of Entry/Certificate.
  • Air Cargo Customs has launched many “value added services” which are available on its website like providing status of Bills of Entry and Shipping Bills at all stages of clearance through daily e-mail to subscribers. At present there are approximately 200 subscribers, subscribing to our paid services in the website. A Web Manager has been appointed to update the website on a continuous basis.
  • A separate Customs Laboratory has been set up at ACC with effect from 1999. This would help expedite results of tests and reduce delays, which occurred earlier since samples were being sent to Mumbai Custom House. Importers and Exporters are also free to have goods tested at other government approved private laboratories, if needed.
  • To expedite movement of cargo and to enable next day clearances, break bulk operations have been allowed round the clock with effect from October 2000. After offloading, the cargo is moved directly from aircraft to the import shed instead of via Airlines’ warehouses. Delivery timing for Import cargo has been increased to 11.00 P.M. from the earlier 8.00 P.M. Whenever there is heavy volume of cargo to be cleared delivery is allowed till 12.00 midnight.
  • In order to facilitate faster clearance and usher in an era of voluntary compliance in line with Kyoto Conventions, the ‘Accredited Clients’ Programme (ACP) has been launched at an all India level as part of the Risk Management System (RMS). Total 311 ACP clients were registered with RMS as on 01.05.2012.
  • EDI center has been made operational round the clock. This ensures greater system stability, thus cutting down delays on account of system failures, timely submission of IGM’s and report generation at night, thus leaving the system resources free during the daytime (reducing response time for assessment and clearance).
  • New Electronic Display Systems has been installed so that information regarding measures taken for trade facilitation can be had by the trade immediately.
  • IGMs, CGMs, EGMs, Bills of Entry and Shipping Bills are filed online remotely through ICEGATE.
  • A ‘Help Desk’ is provided in EDI, which is working round the clock. The Helpdesk provides assistance to all EDI Users in filing the Bills of Entry through ‘ICE GATE’ or in filing of IGMs online etc.
  • For the first time in India, export of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) through ACC to foreign going aircrafts under Advance Authorization Scheme has been started. In terms of Para 4.1.3 of the Foreign Trade Policy 2004-2009 announced on 01.04.2006, supply of stores on board of the foreign going vessel / aircraft was permitted under Advance Authorization Scheme benefit subject to the condition that such stores were specified in SION, ATF. Accordingly, S.O. No. 32/2006 dated 23.12.2006 covering the aspects for implementation of the Policy has been issued. For the time being such exports of ATF under Advance Authorization Scheme to foreign going aircrafts are allowed under Manual Shipping Bill.
  • Online processing of Shipping Bills through EDI system has been introduced for perishable cargo at ACC from 16.08.07. A Facility Notice No. 13/2007 dated 19.07.07 has been issued in this regard.
  • A webpage on the Customs intranet has been dedicated to display the status of Bs/E which have been successfully transmitted to the Customs Server via message exchange from the Bank. This page has been made available for viewing by the Banks officials at their Computer Terminals.
  • The facility of E-payment of Customs duty by Importers / CHAs electronically to the banks has been introduced with effect from 20.06.07 by State Bank of India and from 01.12.2007 by Canara bank. The other Customs duty collecting bank is expected to follow soon.During the financial year 2011-12, out of the revenue collected through EDI Challans, 16.87% of the revenue collection was made through E-Payment.
  • In the month ofJuly 2012-13, out of the revenue collected through EDI Challans, 38.10% of the revenue collection was made through E-Payment.