Customs Circular No. 01/2017
Extending the Single Window Interface for Facilitation of Trade (SWIFT) to Exports - reg.
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
(Central Board of Excise and Customs)
Circular No. 1/2017-Customs
Room 227B, North Block
New Delhi, dated the 4th January, 2017
All Chief Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Preventive),
All Chief Commissioners of Customs and Central Excise,
All Principal/ Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Preventive),
All Principal/ Commissioners of Customs and Central Excise.
Subject: Extending the Single Window Interface for Facilitation of Trade (SWIFT) to
Exports - reg.
Kind reference is invited to Board's Circulars No. 03/2016 dated 03.02.2016 and No.
09/2015 dated 31.03.2015 regarding the Indian Customs Single Window(SWIFT).This project
envisages that the importers and exporters would electronically lodge their Customs clearance
documents at a single point only with the Customs. The required permission, if any, from other
regulatory agencies would be obtained online without the importer/exporter having to
separately approach these agencies. The Single Window provides the importers/exporters a
single point interface for Customs clearance of import and export goods thereby reducing
interface with Governmental agencies, dwell time and cost of doing business.
- With the successful implementation of SWIFT for import, it is proposed to implement
online-release from Partner Government Agencies (PGAs) for exports from 05/1/2017 onwards
as a pilot at Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai Air cargo complexes for CITES/ wildlife items. Under
the pilot, Shipping Bills filed online on ICEGATE or through the Service Centre will be referred
to the concerned agency, namely WCCB, online for a "No Objection Certificate' (NOC), if any
required. The selection of items to be referred to any agency will be based on criteria specified
by the agencies. As in the case of imports, the list of Customs Tariff Heads (CTHs) for which
goods require NOC from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, shall be published on ICEGATE.
- For granting NOC for goods entered for export, the offices of the Wildlife Crime Control
Bureau are connected to the ICES. The Officers of Wild Life Crime Control Bureau may use
the same role in ICES used for import, to process NOC in exports. Once a Shipping Bill is filed,
the system will determine whether the consignment contains items requiring NOC from the
agency. The system will then automatically re-route the Shipping Bill to the concerned WCCB
office for granting NOC. Should the Shipping Bill require processing by Customs, it will
happen in parallel.
- Based on the list of Shipping Bills marked to the WCCB, the Agency's officer will
retrieve the Shipping Bill online, and record the decision online on ICES. Should any
documents be required for verification, for the time being, the Customs Broker or Exporter
would have to produce hard copies of check-lists, export licenses, permits and other
certificates/documents as required by the agency, until customs infrastructure is upgraded to
provide uploading of soft copies of such documents. At this stage, the Agency's office may record any of the following:
- Release - No Objection Certificate
- Out of Scope: Item does not require the Agency's NOC
- Reject: Item is not permitted for clearance for "Let Export". Agency's office may
make a suitable recommendation in respect of the item such as no-export or
destruction. (The Agency will record this remark online.) Customs shall take
further necessary action on the Shipping Bill.
- Withhold NOC: NOC has been temporarily withheld for want of further
documentation and/or testing after entering suitable remarks in the system by the
Agency. These SBs can be retrieved by Agency's office for a further decision
(Release/Provisional NOC/Out-of-Scope/Reject) after the information is received.
- Provisional NOC: Presently, WCCB does not grant NOC on a provisional basis.
[Note, if this option can be easily disabled, it may be disabled.]
- Once NOC [Release/Out of Scope/ or Provisional NOC] is obtained from the concerned
agency and assessment by Customs (in cases where assessment is required) is completed, the
exporter may register goods or present them for stuffing into containers (in case of
containerized cargo). In cases where a sample needs to be drawn, the concerned agency will
arrange with the exporter to collect them prior to the issuance of NOC. The rest of the procedure
for registration of goods, examination (where required) and 'Let Export Order' will remain as
at present. Since, the agency's officer records the NOC online, Customs shall not insist on the
physical copy of the NOC.
- Where the concerned officer of the Agency prefers to reject NOC by choosing option
at 4(iii) above, the officer will also enter his remarks online on ICES, which will include a brief
note on the basis for rejection so that the concerned Assistant/Deputy Commissioner of
Customs can take further action, including adjudication under the provisions of the Customs
Act, 1962. In cases where the samples fail to meet the qualifying criteria upon testing, the
Agency's officer will also record the same on the system while rejecting the NOC.
- Chief Commissioners are requested to sensitize staff, other agencies, trade and Customs
brokers working under their jurisdiction to ensure the smooth implementation of the SWIFT
online clearance in exports.
- Difficulty faced, if any, may be brought to the notice of the Board at the earliest. Further,
a suitable Public Notice may be issued for the information of the Trade with a copy to the local
offices of the Agencies.