The Customs department is thinking of setting up a Central Customs Clearance Facilitation Centre (CCCFC), headed by the Revenue Secretary and comprising Secretaries of departments, including Shipping, Civil Aviation, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and animal husbandry, among others, to clear import consignments quickly, it is learnt.
According to official sources, local Customs clearance facilitation centres at 18 major sea ports and 17 major airports have already started operating from May 1 and, by the end of the month, a central mechanism would be in place to improve ease of doing business in the country.
While the local committees would take care of the intra-departmental delays, those issues which cannot be resolved at the local level would be referred to the central institutional mechanism. The CCCFC would meet once in 15-20 days to discuss the progress made by each agency in granting clearance certificate.
Online connectivity would also be provided between important departments, including the FSSAI and plant protection, quarantine and storage department at three facilities—Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Tughlakabad inland container depot (ICD) and Patparganj ICD, sources revealed.
This was part of the single-window clearance for Customs announced in Budget 2014-15, in order to help around 1,30,000 importers and 1,08,000 exporters registered with the department, it was pointed out.
“This will cut down the time taken. A single form will be soon made available where the importer will have to give information to only one agency, and that will be electronically transmitted to others, thus curbing duplicity. In 1-2 months, the online connectivity will be extended to all the ports. The Bill of Entry will get automatically transmitted to their systems from the Customs’ system for clearance,” an official said
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