Accredited client programme for importers to be launched soon

New Delhi, Aug 18 | Updated: Aug 19 2005, 05:59am hrs
The customs department is planning to launch an accredited client programme which would allow importers with a clean track record the facility of self assessment of goods and waiver of examination fees. The programme is expected to result in significant reduction in dwell time and costs.

Speaking at a national seminar on trade facilitation jointly organised by the commerce department and Unctad, joint secretary (customs) Kameswari Subramanian said that the facility would be available to importers who meet specified criteria. It includes a clean track record, demonstrated commitment and capacity for compliance, she said.

The department has some more measures planned to reduce dwell time. This includes introduction of container-scanners at major ports for electronic scanning of goods which will preclude the need for physical opening of containers.