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CBIC Enables End to End Paperless Exports under Turant Customs

Circular No. ES/211/2020-21                                                     25th June, 2020   


To : Members of the Council


Sub.: CBIC Enables End to End Paperless Exports under Turant Customs


Dear Member,


Shri Ajit Kumar, Chairman, CBIC on 23rd June, 2020 unveiled a Secure QR coded Shipping Bill that would be electronically sent to exporters after the Customs allows export. This eliminates the requirement of the exporters having to approach the Customs officers for proof of export. This also makes the end to end Customs export process fully electronic, from the filing of the Shipping Bill to the final order to allow export. In this regard, Press Release has been issued by the Ministry of Finance.


Turant Customs, which has its main component Faceless Assessment, would be implemented in phases across the entire country by 1st January, 2021. The new initiative is yet another step taken by CBIC for fulfilling its commitment to a Faceless, Paperless, and Contactless Customs under the umbrella of its “Turant Customs” programme. These reforms are based on enhanced use of digital technology to reduce the time and costs for the importers, exporters and other stakeholders, thereby improving India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Trading Across Borders parameter of its Doing Business Report.


The launch of paperless documentation on exports is a sequel to a similar initiative that was begun for imports w.e.f. 15th April, 2020. The electronic transmission of the Shipping Bill would do away with the present requirement to take paper printout of these documents thereby promoting Green Customs. Exporters would not have to visit the Customs Houses for this purpose and can better utilize their time in promoting their business.


Shri Ajit Kumar informed that the endeavour is to leverage technology to make the Customs clearance process more transparent and faster.  


Members may kindly make a note of the above.


Thanking you,


Yours faithfully,