Electronic Communication of PDF based copies of shipping Bill
CBIC has launched paperless customs exports processing, a move aimed at trade facilitation. Under this Initiative a secure QR code enabled LEO copy and Gate pass will be sent to exporters immediately.
Towards that, the Customs department plans to roll out pan-India faceless assessment by December 31 in a phased manner, and has started the same at Chennai and Bengaluru ports from June 8. This electronic Final LEO copy can serve multiple purposes such as being shared with DGFT, Banks etc. This reform will yield immense benefits in terms of saving the time and cost of compliance for the trade, thereby enhancing the ease of doing business, while providing enhanced security features for verification of authenticity and validity of the electronic document.
Digital platform for IE code related services :
Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) will launch a new digital platform on July 13 the first phase of which will cater to the services related to the issuance of Import Export Code (IEC), modification, amendment processes along with a Chatbot (a virtual assistant). The platform is aimed to help traders electronically file their application related to IEC, various other online modules relating to Advance Authorisation, EPCG, and Exports Obligation Discharge which are part of next phase will be rolled out subsequently after the first phase stabilizes.
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