Imphal: Land Customs Station, Moreh, Manipur will shift from manual processing of documents to Indian Customs Electronic Data Interchange System (ICES) with effect from May 18 (on trial basis).
Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), NER, Shillong said this in a press release on Friday.
Facility No. 03/2022 dated May 5 has been issued by the Commissioner of Customs (Preventive), N.E.R, Shillong in this regard.
ICES is a fully-automated, quick and paperless system of clearance of import/export consignments. ICES allows the importers and exporters to file declarations for import/export of goods electronically even sitting at their homes and also to upload the requisite documents electronically.
Permissions or NOC from other regulatory agencies, if required, can also be obtained online, without the importer/exporter having to approach the agencies separately, through the Single Window Interface for facilitating trade (SWIFT) which is integrated with ICES and can be accessed through the platform www.icegate.gov.in. This automated system reduces the interface of the trade and public with governmental agencies, the release said.
“The time taken to clear import/export consignments will come down, the cost of doing business will also come down and this will improve the ease of doing business,” it said.
International trade though LCS Moreh has been under closure because of the Covid Pandemic Lockdown and trade is yet to resume. The importers, exporters, Customs Brokers, and members of the trade are requested to familiarize themselves with this Customs Computerization system so that they can smoothly shift to the electronic system when trade resumes, the release said.
Customs department is proposing to conduct a workshop at Moreh to familiarise the trade on how international trade is conducted, how payment through bank is made and to familiarize them with the electronic system. Gate No. 1 (Indo-Myanmar Friendship Bridge) through which goods are transported has not reopen since the Covid Lockdown in 2020, it added.