• CCI AD FROM 5th April 2021

Implementation of RMS for processing of Duty Drawback claims

Circular No. ES/110/2021-22                                              22nd July, 2021    

To: Members of the Council           

Sub:  Implementation of RMS for processing of Duty Drawback claims 

Dear Member,    

CBIC has issued Circular No. 15/2021-Customs dated 15th July, 2021 on the above subject.  

Risk Management System (RMS) in export was introduced w.e.f. 15.7.2013. In this regard, vide Board’s Circular No. 23/2013-Customs dated 24.06.2013 it was decided to implement RMS in export in two phases.  

In the 1st phase of implementation, RMS processed the data and provided output to ICES up to goods examination stage. Export RMS thus allowed low risk consignments to be cleared based on self-assessment of the declarations by exporters. 

In the 2nd phase, which is now being taken up, RMS will process the shipping bill data after the Export General Manifest (EGM) is filed electronically and will provide required output to ICES for selection of shipping bills for risk-based processing of duty drawback claims. 

The above-referred risk-based processing of shipping bills with claim of duty drawback is being initiated w.e.f. 26th July, 2021. In this regard, Systems Directorate and NCTC have made requisite system-based changes for its implementation.   

  • In this phase, S/Bills with claim for duty drawback will be routed on the basis of risk evaluation through appropriate selection criteria. Hence, after the filing of correct and complete EGM, S/Bills will be sent by ICES to RMS. 

  • Subsequent to RMS treatment, ICES will be informed for each S/Bill whether for the processing of the drawback claim, a particular S/Bill will be facilitated without intervention or will be routed to the proper officer (i.e. Superintendent/Appraising Officer or Assistant/Deputy Commissioner as per the threshold amount specified in Circular No. 17/2000-Cus dated 29.02.2000) for further action.  

  • S/Bills routed to the said Customs officers for drawback processing, all necessary checks shall continue to be undertaken by the Customs officers as before.  

  • The extant procedure for payment of the duty drawback amount into the exporters’ account will also remain unchanged.  

  • In this context, Systems Directorate have informed that certain documents that may be required to accompany the drawback claim in terms of rule 14 of the Customs and Central Excise Duties Drawback Rules, 2017 can be attached to the S/Bills electronically on e-Sanchit with the required e-Sanchit document codes. 

The second phase of export RMS also envisages post clearance audit (PCA) of the duty drawback shipping bills. The development of an electronic module for PCA of such shipping bills is underway in the Systems Directorate. Till such time the electronic PCA module is implemented, the current instructions for audit, as stipulated in the Manual for Customs Post Clearance Audit, 2018 shall continue to be followed.  

For detailed information, members may kindly refer to CBIC's Circular No. 15/2021-Customs dated 15th July, 2021 

Members may kindly make a note of the above. 

Thanking you, 

Yours faithfully, 

S. BALARAJU  
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR