Verification of identity and compliance Regulations introduced for newly engaged Importer, Exporter and Customs Broker

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The CBIC vide Notification No. 41/2021-Customs (N.T.), dated April 5, 2021, has issued Customs (Verification of Identity and Compliance) Regulations, 2021 (“Regulations”) to mandate furnishing of documents or information on Common Portal by person selected for verification of identity, which will be applicable to Importer, Exporter and Customs Broker newly engaging in import or export activity after commencement of the Regulations and may apply to any person selected by Commissioner of Customs, engaged in import or export activity or who availed or claimed certain benefits under Section 99B(3)(i) of the Customs Act, 1962 (“Customs Act”), or engaged as a Customs Broker prior to commencement of the Regulations.

Further, the Regulations provides that where verification of identity is completed by means other than authentication of Aadhaar, physical verification shall not be waived.

The Regulations also provide for the procedure of verification of identity/compliance, appeal, suspension/restoration/denial of benefits, penalty and time period for such verification.

These Regulations shall come into force with effect from the date to be notified.

The Notification can be accessed at: https://www.cbic.gov.in/resources//htdocs-cbec/customs/cs-act/notifications/notfns-2021/cs-nt2021/csnt41-2021.pdf;jsessionid=98BC37A65EC0F25B11835949A890DE2A

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