SME Times News Bureau | 25 Nov, 2021
Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman
today undertook a day long review of the Customs activities at Nhava
Sheva in Raigad district of Maharashtra off the Mumbai coast.
Finance Minister was given an overview of Customs clearance process and
recent initiatives taken by the Customs, for leveraging Information
In the recent past, the CBIC has made
significant technological interventions such as online mandatory advance
filing of Customs documents on imports, enabling electronic submission
of supporting documents on e-Sanchit, online registration of goods along
with online payment of Customs duty, digitization of Customs documents
and automated clearance on Imports.
complement these reforms, CBIC has also been actively taking up
measures for improvement in the logistics chain such as robust implement
X-Ray scanners and use of RFID tags for tracking and tracing of
These reforms/initiatives undertaken by CBIC have
contributed significantly to enable an environment of Ease of Doing
Business, reducing compliance burden and to bring down the overall cargo
Minister, after reviewing various initiatives taken by Customs in the
area of trade facilitation urged for stronger administration and
coordination of functions to achieve ‘zero daily assessment pendency’
and faster release of cargo.
She also laid thrust on consistent
processing of export incentive schemes viz : RoDTEP (Remission of Duties
& Taxes on Export Products) and RoSCTL (Rebate of State &
Central Taxes and Levies) and timely disposal of refunds / drawback
Sitharaman also asked the officers to speed up disposal of hazardous
goods and desired that quasi-judicial process, if any, be carried out in
a manner to achieve disposal within three months of import.
adequate publicity should be given for destruction of narcotics.
Minister also undertook a detailed survey of the infrastructure at
Nhava Sheva’s vessel, cargo and land-side stacking and transport
She also noted the revenue, security and facilitation roles
performed by the Customs officers.
Minister took special note of initiatives such as the single unified
on-wheel export documentation centre (Centralised Parking Plaza) close
to the Port for factory e-sealed containers that caters to around 50%
export TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) at Nhava Sheva.
Centralized Parking Plaza, commissioned a year ago, has integrated the
movement, document processing and many services which were handled
earlier at multiple sites away from the port.
further boost trade facilitation, Ms. Sitharaman initiated the setting
up of a Customs Examination Facility for on-wheel factory sealed export
containers at JNPT’s Centralized Parking Plaza itself.
shall obviate the need to move such containers, that are selected for
examination on basis of risk, to be sent to a separate location. Both
cost and time involved for exporters would be saved. The Bhumi Pujan for
this facility was performed by the Finance Minister today.