Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) has unveiled a secure QR coded shipping bill that will digitise the entire process of shipping bills for paperless export.
Now the shipping bills will be sent electronically to the exporters once the custom clears the export – thereby eliminating the need to take printouts of the documents, and promoting sustainability as well.
Moreover, it eliminates the need for the exporters to reach out to the custom officer for proof of export.
The step is a part of CBIC commitment towards “Turant Customs” programme, an initiative for faceless, paperless and contactless custom.
The idea is to digitise the process for the convenience of importer, exporter and other stakeholders therefore reducing the amount of time and costs. This will also improve India’s ranking in World Bank’s Trading Across Borders parameter of its Doing Business Report.
Furthermore, a similar initiative was launched for import on 15 April 2020. “The endeavour is to leverage technology to make the customs clearance process more transparent and faster,” explains Ajit Kumar, Chairman, CBIC.
The programme Turant Customs would be implemented across entire industry in phases by 1 January 2021.