Visakhapatnam: With the introduction of electronic sealing procedure from October 1, the Customs Department simplified the procedures for self-sealing of container cargo under the new GST regime.
This was explained by the Commissioner of Customs, Preventive, based at Vijayawada Koka Sudha during an interaction with exporters here on Wednesday at a meeting organised by the Vizagapatam Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The practice of factory stuffing of containers under the supervision of Central excise authorities was being replaced by trust-based compliance systems, strengthening the risk management system, she said. Also, self-sealing of cargo, already in vogue, would be confined only to container cargo.
Electronic sealing procedures should be used, with RFID tamper-proof seals. The exporters should procure the seals from the vendors at their own expense, she stated.
The RFID tag would help the custom authorities to keep track of the container and detect tampering. Exporters availing themselves of the self-sealing facility under the earlier regime would be automatically eligible for the facility. Others should obtain it afresh. Permission for self-sealing of container cargo would remain valid, unless withdrawn for specific reasons, she said.
The new procedure would be useful both for manufacturer-exporters and merchant exporters, she noted and urged all exporters to make use of the facility for hassle-free exports, promising entire co-operation on the part of government.