CBIC introduce 24×7 Customs Clearance at ports to avoid congestion due to disruption of Imports & Exports from China till May 2020

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CBIC has issued an Instruction No. 02/2020 – Customs dated February 20, 2020, to handle the emergent situations and necessary steps need to be taken for ongoing shutdown in China on account of Coronavirus outbreak, there is an apprehension of disruption in the supply of raw materials/inputs to our industrial units which were dependent on these raw materials.

CBIC has decided to introduce 24×7 clearance at the Customs formations, so as to address any congestion or delay or surge on account of the prevailing conditions or cessation thereof. These instructions would remain in operation till the end of May 2020 by which time the disruptions in the supply chains are expected to have settled. CRCL labs would also function 24×7 so that test results could be made available at the earliest. However, designated Sea Ports / Airports already under 24×7 operation shall continue to function so even after May 2020.

Further, the Chief Commissioners are therefore requested to immediately work out the arrangement and deployment of a sufficient number of officers on a 24×7 basis at seaports / Air Cargo Stations / ICDs/CFSs, etc falling in their jurisdiction to tackle any incipient instance of congestion/ surge. A record may be maintained of the BEs/SBs filed beyond the normal office hours, station wise, and reported to Board daily at vineetasinha.irs@gov.in.

The complete Instruction can be accessed at: http://www.cbic.gov.in/resources/htdocs-cbec/customs/cs-instructions/cs-instructions-2020/cs-ins-02-2020.pdf