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Indore: Customs dept to end supervised sealing of containers from October

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Indore: The customs department is all set to bring in a revolutionary reform in export sector by introducing Radio Frequency Identification
(RFID) system from October 1. Exporters will be allowed to carry out self-sealing / stuffing / esealing by using RFID. It is believed that this measure will virtually end smuggling. The new system will benefit large number of exporters of Pithmapur and the region. Following a big-bang reform in indirect taxes, including Central Excise, Service Tax and Commercial Tax, by introducing the Goods and Service Tax (GST) from July 1, making it more and more online service delivery, same kind of reform is on the verse in the another half part of the indirect tax – Customs, by introducing self sealing, stuffing or e-sealing of containers from October 1.

Here also almost entire procedure would be online and there would be very minimum interference of the officers of the Customs Department. In other words it would also be help in raining the practice of corruption. Through a circular released on August 28, Central Board of Excise and
Customs has released the nitty-gritty of implementing electronic sealing for containers by exporters under self-sealing procedure. Under the new procedure the exporters who were availing sealing at their factory premises under the system of supervised factory stuffing, will be automatically entitled for self-sealing procedure. All exporter, authorised economic operators (AEOs) will also be eligible for self-sealing. It has been clarified that all those exporters who are already operating under the selfsealing procedure need not approach the jurisdiction Customs authorities for the self-sealing permission.

The permission to selfseal the export goods from a particular premise, under the revised procedure, once granted shall be valid unless withdrawn by the jurisdictional Principal Commissioner or Commissioner of Customs if noncompliance to law, rules and regulations is noticed. Under the new procedure, the exporter will be obligated to declare the physical serial number of the eseal at the time of filing the online integrated shipping
bill or in the case of manual shipping bill before the container is dispatched for the designated port/ICD/LCS. Exporters shall directly procure RFID seals from vendors, conforming to the standard specification.

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Since the procedure seeks to enhance integrity of transportation of goods, the exporters will be required to obtain seals directly. They shall provide details such as IEC etc, at the time of purchase for identification as well as for using the standard web application necessary to support
an RFlD self-sealing ecosystem. In case, the RFID seals of the containers are found to be tampered with, then mandatory examination would be
carried out by the Customs authorities.

Eliminate possibility of smuggling
Official sources explained that an exporter has to do e-sealing at his own factory premises, that would eliminate the mandatory presence of superintended of there, who also sign over the seal. The container can be sent to any port through any means and when it will reach to port; its seal would be checked by officers of Custome there and allowed to mount on ship.

In the earlier system smuggling was done, by hendging the stuffed door in the way of transportation of container from ICD to port. Exporters can keep track of the containers at his office through the GPS fitted in the RFID sealing.

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Published on: Tuesday, September 05, 2017, 10:33 AM IST
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