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Govt Proposes Single-Window Clearance for Exporters 11 Jun 2012  
Govt Proposes Single-Window Clearance for Exporters

Govt Proposes Single-Window Clearance for Exporters


NEW DELHI, JUNE 10 The Union government, in order to facilitate trade, proposes to usher in a new ‘single window’ clearance system that will allow exporters to file shipment details electronically for clearance of their export shipment by various government departments.

Likewise, importers too will no longer have to scout for the services of ‘consultants’ to find out the effective tariff on their import consignments.

These are some of the measures that the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) plans to introduce for trade facilitation. They were discussed at the recently-concluded two-day annual meeting of Chief Commissioners and Directors-General of Customs, Central Excise and Service Tax here.

Confirming that exporters would have to file a single application electronically under the new system, a top official source elucidated that the mechanism would have all the parameters and be accessed by all the Ministries. Apprising that all of them would be giving their replies on the same server, he said that the shipments would be cleared for exports once all the ‘No Objection’ formalities were received by the Customs online.

For getting clearance, exporters are at present required to file different applications for getting ‘No Objection’ certificates (NOCs),with various authorities like the Ministries of Food, Food Processing, Health, and some other departments in case one needs to export a food item. While averring that the single-window system would eliminate all these hassles and reduce transaction cost, the source, however, declined to comment on the time that would be required for the scheme’s implementation.

Moreover, facilitating online tariff is also in the pipeline, under which an exporter or importer would just need to fill in specification and quantity online to get the effective rate of duty and the amount required to pay.

The source apprised that the estimates of the task force on transaction cost in exports had put it at close to 7-10 per cent of the export value, which includes structural costs, i.e. inland transportation and handling, and ports and terminal handling. He also disclosed that the implementation of 23 of the task force’s 44 recommendations had brought down transaction cost to nearly Rs 2,100 crore in perpetuity.


(Source: Exim India Dt. 11.06.2012)
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