OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS (EXPORT)
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU CUSTOM HOUSE, NHAVA SHEVA,
F.No. S/12-2/2006-07 AM (X) JNCH Date: .04.2006
STANDING ORDER No. 16/2006
Sub.: Use of tamper proof bottle seals on containerized cargo for Export – Reg.
Attention of Officers of this Custom House is invited to the provisions regarding Use of tamper proof bottle seals on containerized cargo for Export.
this regard please find enclosed herewith Board’s Circular No.01/2006 dated
3. All concerned are directed to comply with above circular.
(H. O. TIWARI)
COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS,
Encl : As above
Circular No. 01/2006
2nd January, 2006
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs
Subject: Use of tamper proof bottle seals on containerized cargo for Export – reg.
I am directed to invite your attention to above subject and to say that field formations have represented about the varying practices followed in sealing of containers for export cargo. It is noticed that some Commissionerates use lead seals while few also use lac/wax seals. Board had issued Circular No.80/1995 dated 6.7.1995 prescribing the use of ‘One Time Bottle Seal’ in order to safeguard against tampering of sealing. This was reiterated in Circular No.43/1997-Cus, dated 22.9.1997.
2. In this connection some of the Chief Commissioners have felt that the lead seals are very small in size and the field staff face difficulties in verification of the number of the seal as the number/identification marks are not clearly imprinted. Further lead seals can be easily substituted or tampered with. In case the seals are found to be defective or to have been opened up during transit, this requires bottle sealing once again at the entry point of the port of export before being allowed into the Customs area and further examination of the cargo as per prescribed norms. This results in delay at the point of export.
3. Board has
examined the issue. Cargo transported for exports through containers or bonded
closed trucks are sent to
4. In respect of one time bottle seals provided by the department, its cost may be recovered from exporters/ manufacturers or their agents. However, exporters/manufacturers need not be compelled to procure such bottle seals only from the department as this would defeat the very purpose of self-sealing facility and avoid delay. It is also informed that in case of export of cargo by trucks/ other means which can not be bottle sealed, same would be subject to normal examination norms at gateway port.
5. The above instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned for effective implementation.