Pan-India faceless assessment for all imported goods by end of Next month: Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs
The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has decided to roll
out Faceless Assessment at an all-India level in all ports of import and for
all imported goods by October 31, 2020, as per official Circular issued by the Board.
The Board has constituted 11 National Assessment Centres (NACs), comprising
of Principal Commissioners/Commissioners of Customs, for the purpose. The NACs
need to work in a coordinated manner to ensure that all assessments are carried
out in a timely manner and there is no delay or hold up of the Bills of Entry.
The NACs would also examine the assessment practices of imported goods
across Customs stations to bring about uniformity and enhanced quality of
assessments, the CBIC said, as per a report.
The key elements of the ‘Turant Customs’ programme are faceless,
contactless and paperless Customs clearance processes. This includes faceless
or anonymised assessment, self-registration of goods by importers, automated
clearances of Bills of Entry, digitisation of Customs documents, among others.
Objectives sought to
The objectives sought to be achieved are exponentially faster clearance of
goods, reduced interface between trade and Customs officers, and enhanced ease
of doing business, the report added.
Faceless Assessment, duly supported by Paperless and Contactless Customs
clearance processes, is a critical reform. As you are aware, the pilot
programme of Faceless Assessment was launched in Chennai on August 14th,2019
for primarily electrical machineries falling under Chapter 85 of the Customs Tariff
This pilot programme was subsequently expanded to Ahmedabad, Bengaluru,
Delhi, Mundra and Visakhapatnam for goods primarily falling under Chapters 39,
84, 86 to 92, 72 to 83 and 50 to 71 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975.
These pilot programmes were followed by the launch of Phase I of Faceless
Assessment on 05.06.2020, cutting across the Customs formations in Chennai and
Bengaluru for articles primarily falling under the Chapters 84 and 85 of the
Customs Tariff Act, 1975. Phase II of Faceless Assessment, which was begun on
03.08.2020 at Customs formations in Chennai, Bengaluru, Delhi, for goods
falling under the Chapters 50 to 71, 84, 85 and 86 to 92 of the Customs Tariff
Act, 1975 and at Customs formations in Mumbai, for goods failing under the
Chapter 29 of the Customs Tariff Act, 1975. As aforestated, the results have
Board to roll-out
the Faceless Assessment by 31.10.2020
Board has decided to roll-out the Faceless Assessment at an All India level
in all ports of import and for all imported goods by 31.10.2020. The detailed
roll-out plan in phases covering different Customs Zones and Chapters of the
Customs Tariff Act, 1975, including the existing Phases I and II, is given in