Courier bills of Entry (“CBE”) filed for clearance of imported cargo under Express Cargo Clearance System (“ECCS”) are subject to a risk management system that either facilitates or interdicts a CBE. The facilitated CBE’s after payment of duty, if any are diverted for an x-ray before being final out of charge. The goods marked suspicious under the x-ray have to undergo a proper examination whereas cleared goods are sent to the Shed Superintendent/Appraiser for an ‘Out of Charge (“OOC”) Order’.
Express Industry Council of India (“EICI”) has stated that since all Customs procedures are already electronically completed before the facilitated shipment is subjected to Customs x-ray, therefore, the need for a customs officer to issue an OOC order may not be required when the x-ray clears the shipment.
Hence EICI has requested to introduce ‘Auto Out of Charge’ for such imported shipments as this will help in mitigating delays in clearance of Express Cargo at the international courier terminals which the Directorate General of Systems and Data Management (“DGSDM”) is in technical agreement with.
CBIC vide Circular No. 40/2019 – Customs dated November 29, 2019, has clarified that sending a CBE after x-ray screening to the Shed Superintendent/Appraiser, merely for giving OOC order, adds an avoidable step in the automated clearance process. Therefore, the Board is of the view that ECCS should automatically give OOC to goods covered under facilitated CBE which has been ‘cleared’ on Customs X-ray screening.
Hence in view of the foregoing, Directorate of System & Data Management shall take necessary steps to implement Auto OOC and all Chief Commissioners are requested to issue suitable Public Notice and Standing order, for the guidance of the stakeholders and the concerned officers.