CBIC allows export of goods from Bangladesh to India by rail in closed containers returning to India
The Council has secured references from several ministries and commerce to enable containerized freight rail transport from Bangladesh to India. A request was also received from the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in New Delhi, who informed that the containers traveling from India to Bangladesh by rail come back empty after delivering the export goods from India. Companies in Bangladesh have expressed interest in using these empty containers to export their products to India.
The Bangladeshi request foresees the use of empty containers returning from Bangladesh after delivering Indian export products. The carrier will consist of Indian Railways trains traveling between India and Bangladesh, bringing the containerized export goods from India to Bangladesh (one way trip) and returning to India with the export goods from Bangladesh in the same containers (travel back). Trains will cross the international border in both directions via one of the land customs stations specified with rail routes, namely Petrapole-Benapole and Gede-Darshana.
It was decided that the empty containers returning from Bangladesh to India by train could be used to transport export goods from Bangladesh to India. This applies to closed containers carried on Indian Railways trains by the Container Corporation of India (CONCOR). While the train will enter India via Petrapole or Gede LCS, it will be allowed to transit to any ICD in India for customs processing. The transport must be tracked via the Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) from the entry LCS to the destination ICD.
The CBIC has prescribed a procedure for the movement and clearance of imported goods in containers on trains returning from Bangladesh.
As required by Section 53, CONCOR must file an import report on ICEGATE when the train arrives at the LCS. The import report should capture, among others, the details of the ICD of destination, the serial number of each container carrying export goods from Bangladesh and the serial number of the ECTS seals that are to be affixed to these containers , in the manner prescribed by said Commissioner. .
Containers must be sealed with ECTS seals at LCS under customs control. CONCOR is responsible for obtaining the ECTS seals from the managed service provider. Customs should compare the ECTS seal number to the number recorded in the import report and the integrity of the ECTS seal after the containers have been sealed and the import report has been lodged. the train, on which the deposit will be debited with an amount determined on the basis of the details available in the import report. Customs should carry out random checks and preventive actions based on intelligence, then allow the train with properly sealed containerized goods to move to the destination ICD.
While the goods are in transit between the LCS and the ICD, the LCS customs officer should regularly monitor the movement on the ECTS web portal. In case of unsealing, tampering or any other unauthorized activity, the ECTS seals generate alerts. These alerts are transmitted to the customs officer by SMS on mobile phones and also by e-mail. If the customs officer at the LCS receives such an alert, he immediately notifies the destination ICD of the affected containers. If necessary, he also informs the customs formation closest to the location of the container of any possible preventive action.
When an unauthorized unsealing alert is observed or a seal is discovered to be tampered with, the ICD customs officer must take the necessary action to protect the receipts, in addition to any other action required by law. in force.
Based on the cargo arrival report filed by the ICD custodian in ICEGATE and the trip report generated on the ECTS web application, the bond will be credited by the relevant LCS agent.
“The importer(s) must deposit the entry invoice(s) at the destination ICD, where the imported goods will be taxed and cleared as usual,” the CBIC said.
Circular n° 08/2022