Circular No. 21/2001-Cus.VI
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue.
Subject: Monitoring the pendency of Bills of Entry and Shipping Bills – Regarding
The large scale pendency of Bills of Entry and Shipping Bills at most of the Custom Houses is a cause of serious concern. Apart from the fact that the pendency of Bills of Entry has a direct bearing on revenue collection, this has also given rise to a number of complaints, and puts the department in a poor light. The recent scrutiny at the Board’s level indicates that the pendencies are on the increase and therefore, there is an absolute need for strict monitoring of the pendency on a daily basis. The pendencies can be avoided only if the Appraising Officers do their assigned duties diligently and the supervisory officers undertake a close monitoring by way of test checking and meticulously following up any pendency beyond a reasonable time limit. The Chief Commissioners and Commissioners should look into the matter and all concerned may be advised to strictly follow the aforesaid instructions. The Board may be kept informed of the progress achieved in this regard.
Kindly acknowledge receipt.
(Dr. Vinayak Prasad)
Under Secretary to the Government of India