To : Members of the Council
Sub: JNCH- Procedures to issue EDI Port Clearance/Advance Port Clearance
JNCH Customs (Nhava Sheva) has issued Public Notice No.67/2020 dated 13th May, 2020 regarding procedures to issue EDI Port Clearance/Advance Port Clearance.
Your kind attention is invited to the Board’s Circular No. 17/2020- Customs dated 03.04.2020 & Public Notice no. 41/2020 dated 03.04.2020 JNCH on the subject matter of “Measure to facilitate trade during the lockdown period-Section 143 AA of the Customs Act, 1962” and Public Notice No. 48/2016 dated 07.03.2016 on the subject matter of “Simplification of Customs procedure for Port Clearance”.
The Port Clearance is granted in terms of Section 42 of the Customs Act, 1962. Following documents are required to be produced for Port Clearance alongwith application (Format of application is enclosed as Annexure-A).
On receipt of such application, concerned AC/DC should verify correctness of entry inward & entry outward from system, light dues payment calculation, genuineness of all certificates for the concerned vessel and thereafter grant Port Clearance in EDI
As per Para 2(ii) of Board’s Circular No. 02/2015-Customs dated 15.01.2015, Mumbai Customs-II has adopted the procedure for issuing Advance port Clearance Certificate to the Shipping/Steamer Agents by issuing Public Notice No. 48/2016 dated 07.03.2016. Vide Public Notice No. 48/2016 dated 07.03.2016 JNCH, it is instructed that Shipping/Steamer Agents may avail the said facility by submitting one time continuity bond (Advance Port Clearance/Edi Port Clearance) to the Deputy/Asst. Commissioner of Customs, Preventive General, as per the format annexed (Annexure-I). The continuity bond shall be executed on stamp paper of Rs. 500/- being stamp duty. This Bond/Guarantee letter executed for the Advance Port Clearance is issued on the condition of submission of following documents within seven days from the sailing of the vessel.
Accordingly, Advance Port Clearance shall be issued by concerned AC./DC. Before granting of sailing permission, Advance Port Clearance along with following documents should be checked by preventive officer.
Certificates/documents not submitted at the time of Advance Port clearance are to be submitted to concerned AC/DC within seven days from the sailing of the vessel by the Shipping /Steamer Agents
Further, due to the lockdown in light of COVID 19 enforced by the Government of India, the shipping/steamer agents have expressed their inability to submit the continuity bond in cases where continuity bond expired on 31st March, 2020. However, they are submitting an undertaking that they will be providing a continuity bond/guarantee once the lockdown period is over. In view of current circumstances, this office has allowed the same based on the undertaking as cited supra. They should also undertake to submit all the relevant documents as required within 07 days after sailing of the vessel as per past practices.
It is highlighted that till the lockdown is over, scanned copies of above mentioned documents along with letter of undertaking shall be submitted through their registered email id to firstname.lastname@example.org .After due verification of documents and that there is no alert against the Vessel, Port Clearance/ Advance Port Clearance Certificate duly signed by the competent authority will be uploaded on the sender email id with the attachment. The Boarding/Preventive officer allowing the vessel to sail should ensure that all the formalities are complied with prior to departure of vessel and also endorse the same on Port Clearance Certificate. Except for the modification mentioned above due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all the provisions of the earlier Public Notice inter alia pertaining to Port Clearance shall remain unchanged
Please note that his Public notice shall come into effect immediately.
In case of any difficulty, Shipping Lines/Steamer Agents may contact the Deputy/Assistant Commissioner of Customs, Preventive General at email@example.com or over Phone No. 022-27274756 or 022-27274781.
Members may kindly make a note of the above.