The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) notified ICEGATE or Indian Customs and Central Excise Electronic Commerce/Electronic Data Interchange (EC/EDI) Gateway as the common customs electronic portal for all customs related documentation and duty payments.
In a notification issued Monday, the Board has specified the portal as the one for facilitating registration, filing of bills of entry, shipping bills, other documents and forms prescribed under the Customs Act or any other law, besides duty payments and data exchange with other systems within or outside India.
CBIC has also amended the bill of entry forms for goods arriving via land, sea or air prescribing the use of the common portal for submitting bills of entry. The Board has also specified that bills of entry must be filed before the end of the preceding day on which the goods arrive at the customs port, other than inland container depot and air freight station.
If goods are arriving from Bangladesh, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, the authorised person will have to file the bill of entry before the end of the day of arrival of the vessel.
In case of goods arriving at customs airport, the authorised person will have to file the bill of entry before the end of the day of arrival of the aircraft.
In case of an inland container depot, air freight station, land customs station, at which goods are to be cleared for home consumption or warehousing, the authorised person has been directed to file the bill of entry before the end of the day before the vehicle, including train, arrives.
The changes form part of the move to making the customs processing of bills of entry and declarations more electronic, paperless and seamless, so as to facilitate trade.
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