F.No. S/22-Gen- 20/2020-21/AM (I)/JNCH

Dated: 17.09.2020



Subject: Capturing additional details for Certificate of Origin (COO) as per Customs (Administration of Rules of Origin under Trade Agreements) Rules, 2020 in Bill of Entry.

Attention of Importers, Exporters, Customs Brokers, Shipping Lines/ Agents, Logistics Service Providers, CFSs Custodians, Trade, Customs Staff and all other stakeholders is invited to ICES Advisory No. 34/2020 dated 17.09.2020 issued by Directorate General of Systems and Data Management, CBIC.

2. Reference is also invited to the CBIC’s Notification No.-81/2020 – Customs (N.T.) dated 21.08.2020 and JNCH’s Public Notice No. 114 dated 10.09.2020 on the subject Regulations. These Regulations apply to import of goods into India where the importer makes claim of preferential rate of duty in terms of a trade agreement. In terms of the Regulations, to claim preferential rate of duty under a trade agreement, the importer or his agent shall be required to file certain declarations at the time of filing Bill of Entry. In consonance with the same, following changes will come into effect in ICES w.e.f 21.09.2020:

2.1. Additional details in the Bill of Entry for capturing mandatory declarations while claiming PTA/FTA notifications for any item: Whenever an FTA/PTA Notification is claimed, it will be mandatory to declare the item wise details as per the BE_SW_INFO_TYPE table of the Bill of Entry, as mentioned in the Annexure 1. These additional declarations capture the requirement stipulated in the aforesaid Regulations.

2.2. Further, for each such item, in respect of which a PTA/FTA Notification is claimed, following things will be mandatory:

2.2.1. The relevant document pertaining to Certificate of Origin (hereinafter referred to as COO) under that PTA/FTA will have to be mandatorily uploaded on eSanchit and the IRN should be declared in the supporting document table for that specific item. Details of PTA/FTA Notifications and corresponding COO document code mapping along with description have been given in the Annexure 2.

2.2.2 If imported goods are transported directly from the country of origin and not through another country, then the COO code itself can be given in Transit Country field. In case of transport through different country, the country code of that country should be indicated in Transit country field.

2.2.3. As per the requirement of the above Regulations, for these items, a self-declaration will have to be made by the importer in the Bill of Entry as –

“I/We declare that these goods qualify as originating goods for preferential rate of duty under the Customs (Administration of Rules of Origin under Trade Agreements) Rules, 2020 notified vide Customs Notification No. 81/2020 – Customs (N.T.) dated 21.08.2020”.

This declaration is codified as CUF02 in ICES. This declaration can be filed in BE_STATEMENT table for every item where FTA/PTA Notification is claimed.

2.3. Mandatory defacing of documents before out of charge: Further, the COO should be mandatorily defaced before the Out of Charge (OOC) at the port of import. An option is already available in the TSK and SUP roles for confirming defacement of supporting documents in System, wherever required. With effect from 21.09.2020, marking defacement of each COO uploaded for a Bill of Entry will be mandatory, without which Out of Charge would not be allowed to be given in system.

3. The above changes will come into effect from 21.09.2020. Trade and other stakeholders are advised to refer to the new BE message format for filing the Bills of Entry w.e.f. 21.09.2020.

4. Difficulties, if any, faced in implementation of the said Public Notice may be brought to the notice of the Addl./ Joint Commissioner (Appraising Main (Import)) through email at [email protected]


(Sunil Kumar Mall)
Commissioner of Customs (NS-I)

Copy to:

1. The Chief Commissioner of Customs, Mumbai Zone-II, JNCH.

2. The Commissioner of Customs, NS-G/NS-I/NS-II/NS-III/NS-Audit/NS-V, JNCH.

3. The Chairman JNPT//CEO NSICT, CEO GTI/ CEO BMCT for information.

4. All Additional/Joint/Dy./Asstt. Commissioners of Customs, JNCH.

5. All Sections/Group of NS-G/NS-I/NS-II/NS-III/NS-Audit/NS-V, JNCH.

6. Representative of CSLA/MANSA CFSAI / BCBA / FIEO / Members of PTFC for information and circulation among their members and other importers for information.

7. AC/DC, EDI for uploading on JNCH website immediately.


Declaration in the SW_INFO_TYPE table of the Bill of Entry

Details info_type info_qfr info_cd info_text Comments
Certificate of Origin(COO) Particulars ORC COO Issuing Country Code COO



Issuing Country Code will be mandatory. In case of back to back COO, country code of issuing authority has to be give which may be different than the country of origin. Issue Date should be given in ‘ddmmyyyy’ format. COO Number and Issue Date should be separated by pipe

(|) delimiter

Origin Criteria ORC ORG COWO/COOG/COO P General Rule/PSR, as applicable COWO – Wholly Obtained

COOG – Others (General Rule) COOP – Others (Product Specific Rule) info_text will be expected and be mandatory only when info_cd is COOG or COOP. For COWO, info_text should not be given

Accumulation/ Cumulation ORC ACM Y/N    

Declaration in the STATEMENT table of the Bill of Entry

Statement Type Statement Code Statement Text
DEC CUF02 Statement Text should be blank. The declaration will automatically be taken from Statement Code

Download ANNEXURE 2 – COO Document Codes corresponding to different PTA/FTA Notifications

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