Circular No. 23/2004-Cus
  March 15, 2004

F. No. 450/105/2003 – Cus.IV
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise & Customs

Subject : Testing of imported textile/textile  articles for  its composition and hazardous dyes-reg

I am directed to state   that the  trade has brought to the  notice  of  the  Board that some  of  the  field  formations are sending  samples  of imported  textile/textile  articles  for  testing of  hazardous dyes to Textiles  Committee laboratory under  the  Ministry of  Commerce and  for  composition to Central Revenue Control Laboratory (CRCL) resulting in duplication of  work and delay in clearance  of cargo.

2.   In this   connection   attention is  invited  to Notification No.29/(RE-2004)/2002-2007, dated 28.1.2004  issued by DGFT, Ministry of  Commerce and  Industry. As per  para  2  of the said  notification , the import consignment of  textile/textile  articles  not accompanied with the pre-shipment certificate from notified  agencies will be cleared  after testing of  the  same from the  notified agencies based  on the  following:-

At least 25% of  sample are drawn for  testing instead of 100%.
While drawing the  sample , it will be  ensured by Customs that majority sample are drawn from consignments  originating from countries where there is  no legal prohibition on the use of  harmful hazardous Dyes.
The test report will be  valid for  a period of  six months in cases  where the textile/textile  articles of the  same specification/quality are imported and  the  importer, supplier and  the  country of origin are the  same.

3. The    matter has  been examined  by the  Board and  it has been decided  that in  all of  the cases , where samples  are required  to be  sent for testing hazardous dyes to Textiles  Committee laboratory under  the  Ministry of  Commerce  , the  testing for  composition ,i.e, texturised/non-texturised , should   also be  done  at Textiles Committee  laboratory to avoid duplication of work. However, where no test for azo-dyes are required as per the DGFT notification, the test for composition  ,i.e, texturised/non-texturised , shall be carried  out at the CRCL  in-house testing laboratory.

4.  Kindly bring the above instructions to the knowledge of all concerned through appropriate Public  Notice.

5.  Hindi version will follow.

D. S. Garbyal
Under Secretary to the Government of India
Phone No. 23094182

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