Circular No. 20/2017-Customs

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs

Room 227B, North Block
New Delhi, dated the 31st May, 2017

All Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of Customs/Customs (Preventive) /Principal Director General/ Director General, DRI
All Principal Chief Commissioners/Chief Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise
All Principal Commissioners/Commissioners of Customs/Customs (Preventive)
All Principal Commissioners/Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise


Subject: Facility for Online Generation of Rotation Number by Shipping Lines/ Agents – reg.

The present system for allotment of ‘Rotation Number’ for vessels has been reviewed. Under the present process for the allotment of ‘Rotation Number’ for a vessel that calls on a port, the concerned Shipping Line or Shipping Agent (SL/SA) must file an application with the designated section in the Custom House, along with the desired particulars in the prescribed format. After confirmation of the particulars, the designated official who is assigned the appropriate role on the Indian Customs EDI System (ICES), enters the relevant data in this system. Upon submission of this data, the ‘Rotation Number’ is generated by the System (ICES) and print-outs showing the vessel particulars and the ‘Rotation Number’ are generated for the (SL/SA).

2. With a view to simplifying the generation of ‘Rotation Number’ for vessels, a facility has been developed on ICE GATE for online application and self-generation of Rotation Number by Shipping Lines/Agents (SL/SA). Under the proposed facility, the Shipping Lines/ Agents registered with ICE GATE using their digital signature would have an option “Rotation Number Generation” on the ICE GATE user menu. The declarant needs to provide the following details in the web-form.

i. Customs Location Code (LOCODE)

ii. IMO Code of the vessel

iii. Voyage Number

iv. Master’s Name

v. Shipping Line Code

vi. Shipping Agent Code

vii. Next Port of Call

viii. Expected Date of Arrival of vessel

3. On submission of the above details and authentication by the user using a one-time password (OTP), the Rotation Number would be generated by the system. The user also has option to check the status of Rotation in the system under secure login. For casual visitors (members of the trade), a ‘Rotation Number Inquiry’ option would be made available on the ICE GATE website.

4. Principal Commissioner or Commissioner of Customs, as the case may be, may issue suitable public notice informing the Trade and other stakeholders regarding this facility. Any difficulties in the implementation may be brought to the notice of the Board.

5. Hindi version will follow.

Yours faithfully

(Zubair Riaz)

Director (Customs)

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  1. Ajay Shirke says:

    I also read your article with interest but sorry could not get the idea about the exact impact of GST on real estate. Please throw light on below issues under GST Regime.

    1. GST on under construction building…How much % to be charged?
    2. Would GST be applicable on advance money received by builder during construction of building & at what rate?
    3. What will happened after getting possession & allotment letter of house by customer?


    I have read the article with interest and like to thank for the detail clarification on effect of change on Real Estate.

    I shall be pleased if you or any one will give his comments over the monetary effect on existing contracts / agreements of under contraction flats for change from Service Tax to GST.

    Thanking you

  3. E Sivaraman says:

    I read with interest your article on Real Estate Sector. Thanks.
    Can you also cover areas in renting of residential homes and Flats to tenants wrt to GST.
    Another area is the maintenance charges collected by he apartment associations. Presently maintenance charges are high and not sure of the impact of GST!

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