The Central Board of Excise and Customs vide Notification No. 56/2017-Cus (ADD) dated December 21, 2017 has decided to make electronic sealing for containers by exporter under self-sealing procedure voluntary till March 1, 2018. States that w.e.f the said date, the procedure shall become mandatory in respect of exporters who have been permitted self-sealing facilities under erstwhile procedures and AEO exporters, or exporters availing supervised stuffing at their premises for stipulated 15 locations. E-sealing procedure for all Ports / ICDs other than the 15 locations will be mandatory from April 1. The Exporters who have already switched to e-sealing procedure may continue with the new procedure till the date E-Sealing becomes mandatory at the Port/ICD from where they are exporting containers.