Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) launched its flagship programme ‘Turant Customs’, at Bengaluru and Chennai. This is a giant leap forward to leverage technology for faster Customs clearance of imported goods. Under the programme, the importers will now get their goods cleared from Customs after a faceless assessment is done remotely by the Customs officers located outside the port of import.
Now, the goods imported at Chennai may be assessed by the Customs officers located at Bengaluru and vice versa, as assigned by the Customs’ automated system.
Turant Customs is a mega reform for the ease of doing business. It is a continuation of the reform journey that CBIC embarked on a few years back, resulting in India’s ranking in the World Banks’ Trading Across Border category of the Doing Business Report improving rapidly from a position at 146 in 2017 to 68 in 2019.
The start of Turant Customs at Bengaluru and Chennai will be the first phase of the All India roll out which would get completed by December 31, 2020. The first phase will cover imports of Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics machinery at the ports, airports and ICDs of Bengaluru and Chennai.