• CCI AD FROM 5th April 2021

Improvements in Faceless Assessment - Measures for expediting Customs clearances

Circular No. ES/93/2021-22                                                      9th July, 2021        

To: Members of the Council             

Sub:  Improvements in Faceless Assessment - Measures for expediting Customs clearances  

Dear Member,         

CBIC has issued Circular No.14 /2021-Customs dated 7th July, 2021 on the above subject.  

In this connection, CBIC had issued Circulars which put together the details of the roll out of Faceless Assessment Pan India w.e.f. 31.10.2020 and clarified/streamlined certain processes for its effective implementation. 

CBIC has recently comprehensively reviewed the implementation of Faceless Assessment and deliberated on the further measures required for expediting the pace of assessment and Customs clearance of imported goods.  

Hence, expeditious assessments, anonymity in assessments and uniformity in assessments have been met. Board has observed that there is even now scope for improvement which would potentially lead to a substantial increase in the pace of assessments and Customs clearance, while further enhancing the uniformity in assessments and anonymity with a view to reduce interface with the trade. 

Accordingly, Board has decided to implement the following measures in the Customs Faceless Assessment and clearance processes:  

  1. Enhancement of facilitation levels 

  2. Expediting assessment process 

  3. Re-organisation of FAGs – Specialization 

  4. Re-organisation of FAGs - Optimisation of workload 

  5. Enhancing Direct Port Delivery (DPD) 

  6. Automated generation of examination orders 

  7. Anonymised escalation. 

For more detailed information about the measures in the Customs Faceless Assessment and clearance processes, kindly refer to CBIC’s Circular No.14 /2021-Customs dated 7th July, 2021

Members may kindly make a note of the above. 

Thanking you,  

Yours faithfully,  

S. BALARAJU  
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR