• CCI AD FROM 5th April 2021

Streamlining of processes in System related to Bonds and First Check BEs

Circular No. ES/260/2020-21                                                                             14th July, 2020   


To : Members of the Council


Sub.: Streamlining of processes in System related to Bonds and First Check BEs


Dear Member,


Mumbai Customs has issued Public Notice No. 40/2020 dated 7th July, 2020 regarding streamlining of processes in System related to Bonds and First Check BEs.


As you are aware, DG Systems has bee making continuous efforts to add features or restructure processes in the System to make the Customs clearance process contactless. Reference is drawn to recent ICES advisory 23/2020 dated 06.07.2020 on streamlining of processes in systems related to Bonds and First check Bills of Entry.


Following changes have now been introduced in the System to streamline this process and make it electronic:


1) Auto Debiting of Bond:


Currently, the importer (or the Customs Broker) has to necessarily approach Customs officer in the Bonds section for the debiting of bond(s), if any, after assessment of the Bill of Entry. This interface is also required for Bills of Entry otherwise facilitated by RMS without assessment. Continuing with the endeavours to mitigate physical interface, the facility of auto debiting of Bond has now been developed in the System. W.e.f.6th July, 2020, an importer does not need to visit Customs officer for debiting any bond given in the Bill of Entry. If a valid bond is declared in the Bill of Entry at the time of filing, the same will be auto debited by the System after the assessment stage. Only in cases where either a Bond is not given during filing or the balance available in the bond is not sufficient, necessary intervention by Customs officer will be required for debiting. It is therefore suggested to furnish bond details along with the Bill of Entry and to use Continuity bonds wherever possible so as to avoid the necessity to physically visit Customs Houses for registration or debiting of Bonds. 


2) Streamlining of workflow in case of First Check BE: 


a) Currently, a first check BE has to be activated by the appraising officer after it comes back from the Shed with the first check examination report. This adds one additional step and at times, creates delays in assessment of such consignments. OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS (EXPORT) EDI SECTION, 1st FLOOR, NEW BUILDING NEW CUSTOM HOUSE Sometimes, the importer has to visit the assessing officer for the activation of the Bill of Entry. This becomes all the more challenging in the case of faceless assessment where the BEs get assessed at some other port. Recently, the list of all BEs pending activation was being shown to the officer as a pop up so that necessary action can be taken suo motu. Now, the need for activating has been done away with and the Bills of Entry will automatically come to the assessing officer’s queue after being marked by the Shed officers with completed first check examination. 

b) Further, there was no facility earlier with the appraising officer to seek additional inputs from the examination officers in case the first check report is incomplete or not sufficient to assess BE. Now, in such cases, the AC can again mark the BE back to the examiner by entering “N” when asked to confirm whether assessment is complete. Only when “Y” is entered by the AC, the assessment will be considered as complete by System.

c) First check BE when comes to the SUP queue, it sometimes comes with CFS code as FAC which may create issue in marking it to INS. To resolve this issue, now first check BE would be routed to SUP with CFS code indicated as 'NOCFS' and the Supdt/AO can exercise the already existing option in SUP role to enter the CFS code and send it to INS.


Members may kindly make a note of the above. 


Thanking you,


Yours faithfully,