“Turant Customs” 

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Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) unveiled a Secure QR coded Shipping Bill that would be electronically sent to exporters after the Customs allows export. This eliminates in one stroke the requirement of the exporters having to approach the Customs officers for proof of export. This also makes the end to end Customs export process fully electronic, from the filing of the Shipping Bill to the final order to allow export. 

  • This initiative in yet another step taken by CBIC for fulfilling its commitment to a Faceless, Paperless, and Contactless Customs under the umbrella of its “Turant Customs” programme.  
  • These reforms are based on enhanced use of digital technology to reduce the time and costs for the importers, exporters and other stakeholders, thereby improving India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Trading Across Borders parameter of its Doing Business Report. 
  • The launch of paperless documentation on exports is a sequel to a similar initiative that was begun for imports w.e.f. 15th April 2020.   
  • The electronic transmission of the Shipping Bill would do away with the present requirement to take paper printout of these documents thereby promoting Green Customs.  
  • Equally importantly exporters would not have to visit the Customs Houses for this purpose and can better utilize their time in promoting their business.  
  • Turant Customs, which has as its main component Faceless Assessment, would be implemented in phases across the entire country by 1st January 2021. 

Features of Turant Customs  

  • Importers will now get their goods cleared from Customs after a faceless assessment which will be done remotely by the Customs officers located outside the port of import. 
  • Now, the goods imported at Chennai may be assessed by the Customs officers located at Bengaluru and vice versa.  
  • It will be the first phase of the All India roll out which would get completed by 31st December, 2020.  
  • The first phase will cover imports of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics machineries at the ports, airports of Bengaluru and Chennai. 
  • It will benefit the importers by eliminating routine interface with the Customs officers and providing uniformity in assessment across the country. 
  • Important value additions  

The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC)  

  • It is the nodal national agency responsible for administering:  
    • Customs  
    • GST 
    • Central Excise 
    • Service Tax   
    • Narcotics in India.  
  • It comes under the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance. 
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