Circular No.31/2002-Cus.
7th June, 2002

F.No.450/126/98-Cus.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
(Department of Revenue)
Central Board of Excise & Customs

Subject: Examination norms for export goods – Clarification – reg. –

I am directed to refer to Circular No.6/2002-Cus., dated 23.1.2002 on the above mentioned subject. In this connection, a number of references has been received from the trade, seeking clarification as to whether the facility for removal of export goods from the factories on the basis of self-certification and self-sealing has been withdrawn vide the said Circular.

2. The matter has been examined. The Circular No.90/98-Cus., dated 8.12.1998 [which has now been rescinded vide Circular No.6/2002-Cus., dated 23.1.2002] had provided a procedure, as also norms for examination of self-sealed containers at the port of export. In terms of this Circular, out of 5 self-sealed containers brought for export, only one was to be examined. Under Circular No.6/2002-Cus., dated 23.1.2002, examination percentage has been drastically reduced for all categories of export goods. The maximum examination percentage for export goods under the new Circular (except for exports to sensitive countries) is 10%, which is lower than that prescribed for self-sealed containers under the Circular No.90/98-Cus., dated 8.12.1998. Therefore, it was felt that no useful purpose would be served by retaining the provisions of Circular No.90/98-Cus., dated 8.12.1998 as applicable to self-sealed containers in the Circular No.6/2002-Cus., dated 23.1.2002. However, the exporters can still avail of the facility of removal of export goods from the factories on the basis of self-certification and self-sealing; but these shall be examined at the port of export on the basis of examination norms prescribed under Circular No.6/2002-Cus., dated 23.1.2002.

3 These instructions may be brought to the notice of all concerned by way of issuance of suitable Public Notice/Standing Orders.

4 Difficulties, if any in implementation of these instructions, may be brought to the notice of the Board. Kindly acknowledge receipt of this Circular.

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