CBEC launches integrated declaration system

The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has introduced an integrated declaration system with effect from April 1, 2016. Under this system, all the information required by government agencies for issuing import clearances has been incorporated into an electronic format at a single point known as the customs gateway. The system has replaced nine separate forms that an importer or his broker had to file with various agencies. The initiative is expected to significantly simplify and expedite the customs clearance process at ports.