Circular No.ES/70/2020-21 24th April, 2020
To: Members of the Council
Sub: Review of Circular No. 17/2020 dated 03.04.2020 namely ‘Measures to facilitate trade during the lockdown period – section 143AA of the Customs Act, 1962
Kindly refer to Council’s earlier Circular No.ES/67/2020-21 dated 23rd April, 2020 in which CBIC had issued Circular No. 21/2020- Customs dated 21st April, 2020 on the above subject.
Now, JNCH (Nhava Sheva) has issued Public Notice No.58/2020 dated 22nd April, 2020 on the above subject.
Your kind attention is invited to Board’s Circular No.17/2020 dated 3rd April, 2020 on 'Measures to facilitate trade during the lockdown period- section 143 AA of the Customs Act, 1962'. This circular was issued in the context of lockdown announced by the Government for the period from25th March, 2020 to 14th April, 2020 due to COVID- 19 pandemic.
Taking into consideration that it might take sometime after the end of the lockdown for the situation to normalise, Board has extended the facility of accepting undertaking in lieu of Bond for the period till 15th May, 2020.
Consequently, the date of submission of proper bond in lieu of which the undertaking is being temporarily accepted is extended till 30th May, 2020. This relaxation will be reviewed by the Board at the end of the lockdown period.
Furthermore, in reference to para 3.3 (ii) of the circular and para 4.3 (ii) of the public notice, the undertaking in lieu of bond is to be submitted by the registered email ID of the IEC holder or their authorised Customs Broker. In addition to this requirement, but not in substitution, JNCH, Custom Zone-II, Mumbai prescribes for uploading of the undertaking on e-Sanchit.
With the exception of the above, all other conditions underlined in Circular No. 17/2020 dated 03.04.2020 and Public Notice No. 41/2020 dated 03.04.2020 stand as they are.
In case of any difficulty, members may kindly contact the Joint Commissioner (Appraising Main, Import) Smt. Saroj Samaiya through email on email@example.com.
Members may kindly make a note of the above.