Circular No.ES/119/2018-19 July 10, 2018
To: Members of the Council
Sub: Clarification on acceptance of any copy of Shipping Bill in lieu of EP copy of Shipping Bill for grant of EODC of Advance Authorisation
O/o DGFT has issued Policy Circular No.09 dated 09th July, 2018 on the above subject.
Your attention is invited towards sub- Para (ii) under heading (a) Documents for physical export in the ANF-4F published vide Public Notice No. 9 dated 14th May, 2018 wherein it was decided to allow self-certified exporter copy of Shipping bill in lieu of Export Promotion (EP) copy of shipping bills for exports made after 23rd November, 2016 till such time of online verification facility is made available.
Subsequently, O/o DGFT has received representations from members of Trade to allow acceptance of Exchange Control Copy of Shipping Bill in lieu of EP copy of Shipping Bill! Exporter Copy of Shipping Bill which is prescribed under ANF-4F published vide Public Notice No 9/2015- 2020 dated 14 May, 2018.
In this regard, a viewing facility has been made available for Regional Authority (RAs) to view shipping bill details available in DGFT servers. However, many shipping bills are associated with an Advanced Authorisation and it is difficult at present for RAs to verify from the details available online. The facility is being improved to make it more user-friendly so that physical copy may not be required in future.
However, in the interim, in order to reduce transaction cost and for ease of doing business, it has been decided that exporter shall have option to furnish self-certified copy of any copy of shipping bill i.e. Exporter copy/EP Copy/CHA copy/ Exchange Control Copy of shipping bill along with application for EODC in ANF-4F where exports were made on or after 23.11.2016.
Members may kindly make a note of the above.