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TELEX : 41-7534-CUS-IN FAX : 2342429
OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS
AIR CARGO COMPLEX : MEENAMBAKKAM
F.No.S.Misc.177/97/ACC-EDI pt.V Date : 08.06.99
Sub: Simplified Procedure for clearance and examination of export and
Import cargo at Air Cargo Complex, Chennai - reg.
In order to examine the procedures involved in clearance of export and import cargo at the Air Cargo Complexes, the 16th Meeting of Export Promotion Board was held at International Cargo Terminal, IGI Airport, New Delhi on 23rd October, 1998. It was presided over by the Cabinet Secretary. The Export Promotion Board visited the cargo handling area with a view to see the various processes / operations involved in clearance of export and import cargo.
2. Pursuant to the decisions in Export Promotion Board, the Central Board of Excise and Customs vide its letter F.No.B-10/1/99-TRU dated 11th May, 1999 has ordered the following and all Importers/Exporters/CHAs and trading public are hereby directed to scrupulously follow the following instructions.
(a) All airlines are directed to submit their Import General Manifest immediately on arrival of the flight and in any case within 12 hours of the arrival of the flight, in terms of amendment to section 30 of the Customs Act, 1962. Service centre will be kept open on Sundays between 9 a.m. and 12 noon to enable Airlines to submit IGMs.
(b) On arrival of export cargo, the computer or the A.C. shall select the package numbers which would be retained for examination. Those packages from the consignment may be kept at the examination area and rest of the packages may be directly taken to bonded area / palletisation area. Retained packages would be examined and later on transferred to Bonded area.
(c) In terms of instructions contained in circular No.33/96-Cus, dated 17th June, 1996, export consignments of perishable goods like fruits, vegetables and flowers would not be subjected to routine customs examination at Airports and Air Cargo complex.
(d) It may also be noted that the amended provisions of Section 47 of the Customs Act, 1962 also come into effect immediately i.e. the interest free period for payment of customs duty from 7 days to 2 days excluding holidays.
The above instructions should be scrupulously followed by all concerned.
COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS
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