Circular No. 16/2003-CUS.
17th March, 2003
F.No. 467/ 09 / 2001- Cus. V
Government of India
Ministry of Finance and Company Affairs
Department of Revenue
( Central Board of Excise and Customs )
Subject : Enhancement/Loading on invoice price- regarding
It has come to the notice of the Board that the Customs field formation(s) are arbitrarily enhancing the invoice value of imported goods without giving a speaking order. Under Rule 10A of Customs Valuation Rules, 1988, the Customs Officer may reject the declared value in cases where under-valuation is reasonably suspected, based on evidence of contemporaneous prices. Such prices are being made available by the Directorate of Valuation through the weekly transmissions of NIDB data and monthly Valuation Bulletins.
It may not be out of place to mention here that the proper officer should follow the procedure laid down under Rule 10A of Customs Valuation Rules, 1988 to satisfy himself about the possible under-valuation. He should then intimate the importer in writing the ground for doubting the truth or accuracy of the value declared in relation to the goods imported and also provide a reasonable opportunity of being heard, before rejecting the declared value.
In view of the above, all the officers in your jurisdiction may be intimated that where declared value is rejected, an appealable order should be issued to the importer after following the due process of law.
Under Secretary to the Government of India