Circular No. ES/253/2020-21 8th July, 2020
To : Members of the Council
Sub.: Enhancement of CRCL and Contactless Customs
Shri M. Ajit Kumar, Chairman, CBIC has unveiled several new and modern testing equipment inducted into the Central Revenues Control Laboratory (CRCL) on 6th July, 2020. This would significantly enhance the in-house testing capability of the Customs leading to faster import and export clearances. He also launched new IT functionalities for supporting “Contactless Customs” under CBIC’s flagship programme,“Turant Customs”. In this regard, a Press Release has been issued by the Ministry of Finance on 7th July, 2020
In addition to this, he also launched Eight CRCL Laboratories at New Delhi, Kandla, Vadodara, Mumbai, Nhava Sheva, Kochi, Chennai & Visakhapatnam who have obtained NABL accreditation for chemical testing in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017, for the defined scope. Also, the CRCL laboratories at New Delhi and Chennai are NABL accredited for forensic testing (testing of NDPS substances).
The unveiled IT functionalities to promote Contactless Customs empowers the exporters to self-manage changes in their Bank Account and AD Code through ICEGATE as well as register on ICEGATE without having to approach a Customs officer.
Importantly, considering the benefits ushered in by providing a single point interface set up in Bengaluru and Chennai Zones for 1st Phase of Faceless Assessment, CBIC would set up Turant Suvidha Kendra (TSKs) to all the Customs formations w.e.f 15th July, 2020.
TSKs will henceforth be the sole physical interface point with Customs formations whenever physical submission of documents is required by Customs such as for defacement of Country of Origin Certificates. This is expected to further ease the Customs clearance process.
Members may kindly make a note of the above.